Arrest made in theft that put 2 schools on lockdown
by Nikki Wiley
March 31, 2014 04:00 AM | 3609 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Travis Bernard Allen
Travis Bernard Allen
MARIETTA — The man police believe is responsible for a drug store robbery earlier this month that put two schools on lockdown was arrested Saturday in Decatur.

Travis Bernard Allen, 28, has been charged with felony armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping after police say he entered the Rite Aid at 731 Whitlock Ave. at about 8 a.m. March 13, armed with a shotgun, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

According to police, Allen went inside the store with another suspect, but that man has not yet been arrested.

A woman shopping at the Rite Aid was forced to the back of the store by Allen and the other suspect, police said, but she was able to fight off one of the suspects and run away.

Nearby Marietta High School and Burruss Elementary School were put on lockdown for about 15 minutes while other schools increased security measures after the robbery. Lockdowns were lifted when police confirmed a witness saw the pair escape in a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu.

That witness gave police the vehicle’s tag number, helping them to locate Allen. He was arrested without incident by DeKalb County Police after they found both Allen and his vehicle Saturday at Park on Candler Apartments, 2571 Candler Road, Decatur.

Allen and the other suspect who police say also robbed the store are being investigated by a number of other jurisdictions for a string of drug store robberies that started in the fall of 2013, including robberies in Gwinnett, Douglas and DeKalb counties and the city of Newnan.

Allen was transferred from the DeKalb County jail to the Cobb County jail at about 8 p.m. Saturday. He remains in the Cobb jail without bond.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, DeKalb County Police Department, Douglasville Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the investigation.

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