Machete-wielding men rob metro Atlanta drug stores, police say

Police said two men hit several drug stores in Cobb County.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A pair of machete-wielding robbers targeted drug stores in Cobb County and got away with hundreds of dollars in cash, Smyrna police said.

Surveillance video given to Channel 2 Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose shows a man with a machete walk up to a Walgreens employee on Wednesday.

In fear for her life, the employee at the Cobb Parkway store in Smyrna opened the register.

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“First and foremost, this is reprehensible,” said Smyrna police Sgt. Louis Defense. “This is not typical behavior or criminal activity that we see here in Cobb County.”

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The robbers targeted Walgreens and CVS pharmacies in the Smyrna area, police said. Defense told Jose five stores were robbed.

The man with the machete is 62-year-old Timothy Soulsby, and his partner is 63-year old Vincent McClure, police said. The duo is charged with several counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

A BOLO -- be on the lookout -- alert went out to all metro Atlanta police departments. Atlanta police officers conducted a traffic stop on the suspects’ vehicle Thursday, Defense said.

“We put an emphasis, a premium, to get these people off the street,” Defense told Jose.

Both men are in the Cobb County jail with no bond, records show.

No injuries were reported.