Two men were arrested for allegedly stealing $800 worth of lottery tickets from a Hampton store, and police are searching for another suspect involved in the heist.
Henry County police have charged Alfonso Anthony Woods and Shelton Eugene Fryerson with burglary.
Woods appeared before Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Robert Godwin, Wednesday. Fryerson appeared before Judge Godwin, Tuesday. The judge bound both men’s cases over to Superior Court. Henry County Police Sgt. Joey Smith said detectives followed up on leads to make the arrest.
Fryerson, of Jonesboro, and Woods, of Hampton, were identified as two of the three suspects, both had been arrested by Clayton County Police and were on hold for Henry County Police.
“Both were booked into the Henry County Jail on separate dates,” said Sgt. Smith. Fryerson, 22, was arrested on Feb. 6, and Woods, also 22, was arrested on Jan. 24.
According to Henry County Police Officer C. Young’s police report, the incident took place on Dec. 9. Officer Young responded to an alarm at the Quick Food Shop located at 1949 Upper Woolsey Road in Hampton at 3:08 a.m.
The officer said when he arrived at the scene, the store’s front door was open and the store was in disarray. The owner of the store told police a cash register, valued at $200, was missing, along with Georgia Lottery scratch-off tickets and $100 cash.
“The two cameras that were located outside of the store had been cut, [and] damaged,” Young said in his report. “One had been removed and placed in an ice bag box.”
The officer and the store owner were able to watch security footage taken during the time of the incident. They observed three men approaching the store, one of them disabled one camera and the others disabled a different camera.
“Once inside the store, the males focused on the ATM (Automated Teller Machine) as they tried to pull it and place it in a black vehicle that had moved toward the front of the building,” continued Young. “...[The store owner] laughed and stated, ‘It is bolted to the ground.’”
The officer reported that he saw one of the men grab the lottery tickets, some soda and gummy bears. According to Fryerson’s arrest warrant, he is believed to be the man on the video taking the lottery tickets, valued at $800.
Fryerson and Woods remained in the Henry County Jail, without bond, at press time, Wednesday.