Henry County

Metro Atlanta Home Depot robbers becoming violent, police say

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A pair of suspected robbers is getting more and more violent.

So far, police say they have hit stores in more than half a dozen cities in metro Atlanta.

Police say video shows one man pepper-spraying a loss prevention officer when he tried to stop them.

Investigators said the couple hit at least nine Home Depot stores in McDonough, Riverdale, Griffin, LaGrange, Newnan and Lovejoy.

Cameras recorded the couple shoplifting and leaving a McDonough store.

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The Home Depot store on Jonesboro Road in Henry County was quiet when Channel 2's Darryn Moore was there overnight.

But during business hours, police said a couple of shoplifters are stealing expensive power tool batteries from the store.

Police said a man wearing a white T-shirt and a woman dressed in black in surveillance video have been very busy.

“I think that's wild. I hope they put a stop to this,” one customer said.

Cameras recorded the couple shoplifting and leaving a McDonough store.

A plainclothes security officer followed them and was hit in the face with a blast of pepper spray when he tried to stop them.

“It could hit somebody else. I didn't know a battery is that important. I don't like that at all,” the customer added.

Police need help finding the couple who ran away.

Home Depot officials told their employees to call the police if they spot the shoplifters.

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