• Police: Man knocked out power before robbery, arson

    By: Tom Regan


    WOODSTOCK - Woodstock police provided Channel 2 Action News with a security camera image of a man who they said knocked out the power supply at a video game store before an armed robbery and arson at the store Sunday.

    "The picture is of the suspect walking up to the power box at the back of the business, right before he throws the breaker to the business, eliminating the power," said Woodstock Police Sgt. John Steelman.

    Police said at least three men robbed the Play N’ Trade Video Games store around 11:30 a.m.

    In the course of the armed holdup, two employees were forced into a bathroom. Police said the robbers spilled gasoline, set a fire and let the employees out before escaping from the store.

    The employees were unharmed. But the store's owner, 42-year-old Troy Braselton, was seriously burned when he entered the burning store to rescue the employees whom he believed were still inside, police said.

    Braselton is receiving  treatment at the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital. On Friday, crews continued to clean up the fire damaged store. An employee told Channel 2's Tom Regan the store is notifying customers that they can pick up preordered video games that were not damaged in the fire.

    "We're all in recovery mode, trying to get up and running as fast as we can and get everything up and running as fast as we can. We're getting everything taken care of while Troy is still in the hospital. One day at a time," said employee Sarah Hames.

    Police said the robbers may have escaped in a dark blue color Chevy SUV. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the robbers.

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