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Police: sledge hammer used in break-in

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police say 24-year-old J.D. Christopher Trottman, and an accomplice, used a sledge hammer to create their own entrance in the back wall of a Cash 'N Go check-cashing establishment in College Park.

Police said Friday they caught Trottman as he and the unknown accomplice were fleeing the Riverdale Road business just after 4 a.m., on Thursday.

The accomplice ran into the nearby Highland Arms apartment complex, Clayton County Police Officer India Smith said, and was not caught. A sledge hammer was found near the hole in the wall, she added.

Smith said Friday there was no description of the still-at-large suspect available.

"They used the sledge hammer to knock a hole in the wall," Smith said. "They climbed into the business through the hole."

Online court records show Trottman was charged with burglary, possession of tools during the commission of a crime, obstructing an officer, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, and criminal damage-second degree. The records also show Trottman's total bond was set at $72,500 during a first-appearance hearing in Clayton County Magistrate Court on Friday.

According to a written statement Smith released Friday, a Clayton County Police officer responded to an alarm call from the business at 4:15 a.m., on Thursday. "Upon the officer's arrival, he observed the business to be secure," Smith wrote. "He then looked inside the business, through the glass door, and observed a black male, wearing a black mask, inside, behind the counter."

Smith said the officer called for backup, and as backup arrived at the back of the business, Trottman apparently noticed the officer at the glass door. Trottman and his accomplice then allegedly tried to run out the back door. Trottman reportedly ran into a nearby wooded area, while the accomplice ran into the apartment complex, according to Smith.

Smith said police recovered $11,078, and a .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol, from Trottman when he was arrested. She said the money and the weapon were allegedly taken from the check-cashing business, and have been returned to the business' managers.