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Two Teens Arrested In Drip Coffee Shop Armed Robbery

Laptops, cell phones taken but none hurt

Atlanta police arrested two teens Wednesday following an early morning armed robbery at the in Glenwood Park.

No one was injured in the 9:30 a.m. robbery of the popular Garrett Street eatery.

But the theives — five to seven teens in all — took several laptop computers, an iPad, mobile phones and cash before leaving.

"They all came in — I noticed they weren't looking at anything," Drip owner Hal Miller told Patch. "I said hello and they didn't say anything."

Seconds later, one of them brandished a gun and forced everyone to the ground.

Witnesses told police the robbers fled in a white van.

Police later found a white Dodge Caravan and spotted the two teens walking from it.

The two were charged with armed robbery, said John Chaffee, an Atlanta Police Department spokesman.

Police are withholding their names because they are juveniles.

The investigation continues to find the other suspects. None of the stolen items were recovered, Chaffee said.

The robbery comes amid a number of coffee shop robberies in which customers' laptops were taken — right out of their hands in some cases — in , and in recent months.

"The incident at Drip coffee shop was different. This group took property at gunpoint, it wasn't a snatch," APD Police Maj. John Dalton told Patch.

Dalton is commander of APD Zone 6, which includes East Atlanta, Grant Park, Ormewood Park and Glenwood Park.

In some of the other incidents, some would-be victims fought back. But with a gun, the scenario changes, Dalton said.

"Under those circumstances they should definitely not resist. Hopefully the arrest of these individuals will knock a dent in some of these crimes," he said.

He also gave the this warning: "Individuals when at these shops need to be aware of their surroundings, be wary of suspicious persons — and don't hesitate to call the police — and don't leave their property unattended or out of sight."

Miller said he is instituting several changes to the coffee shop he owned for the last 2½ years.

He purchased cameras and will be installing them. He also is looking at purchasing locking devices that would allow patrons to lock their laptops in place.

mike December 22, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Get these monkeys off the street and in the cage where they belong. This area of Atlanta has been plagued far too long by this crap. If it looks like a thug, talks like a thug, walks like a thug, chances are, it's a thug.
Paul M. December 22, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Some, maybe all, of the property has been recovered. APD doing a great job. @Mike. That is just stupid and probably racist. It appears that we need you in a cage.
mike December 22, 2011 at 04:57 PM
@ Paul, newsflash: we don't lock up law abiding citizens in this country. where do you come from? I have been a law abiding citizen in this community for over 8 years and have never stolen from anyone. If you automatically attribute my comments to black people, then you are the racist.
Matt December 22, 2011 at 05:01 PM
I have to say this has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with unacceptable behavior that has to be dealt with aggressively
Jeff Lebowsky December 22, 2011 at 05:20 PM
I live in this community and I am sick of this crap. One day these thugs are gonna piss off the wrong guy and they are going find themselves bleeding all over the concrete. I would love pop one of the tards off and send a message. BTW, stats are stats, we have epidemic rates of crimes being committed by a certain demographic. That is fact not racism. Stop being so diluted and PC.
Paul M. December 22, 2011 at 05:48 PM
@mike. I'm glad you don't think of your self as a racist. "Monkeys" has a long history as a racial epithet so associating your comment with racism is not a stretch. Probably was the word I used. @Jeff. I'm not PC or diluted. I'm just aware that the "cage every thug" approach is short-sighted at best and doesn't work. Arming everyone so that we can have even more gun battles in the streets doesn't seem to fit either. More innocents will be hit than perps. I'm looking to get past the reactionary tough talk and get to some real solutions. I am a survivor of yesterdays crime and I am very happy that (at least some) people that are willing to commit an armed robbery are locked up. Anybody with some well thought out sustaining solutions? We already lock up more people than any industrialized nation. There's gotta be a better way.
Jeff Lebowsky December 22, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Paul your missing the whole point, these juveniles don't care about the crime they cause. They know that nothing will be done to them, Fulton Co gives a slap on the hand and they are back on the streets. If they had REAL consequences to fear, such as an armed citizen, then maybe they would think otherwise. I am not looking for a wild west shot out but once criminals know that they are subject to be fired upon, then the game changes a good bit. Have a read of economist John Lott's Jr.'s book "More Guns, Less Crime", again stats are stats, there is no need for bleeding hearts and emotion in a SOUND argument. Yeah, your looking for a better way, how about instead of just locking them up we also cut their hands off....to barbaric ? Can't have it both ways my friend. Maybe we could create yet another money sucking social program to teach them what their parents should have when they were younger. No, being tough is the solution cause if I had been their, given the right circumstances I would have beat the $hit out of at least one of them.
mike December 22, 2011 at 06:31 PM
@Paul: You live in a fantasy world if you think there is a constructive solution to these problems where everybody wins in the end. Most of the people that commit these crimes have parents that never cared enough to try and steer them the right way (by far the most tragic part). They don't listen to reason and sure as hell don't care what happens to you.
Paul M. December 22, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Jeff stats are not stats. Many countries do just fine without a plethora of firepower throughout the populous. Criminals are subject to get fired upon as it is but honestly, there were children in the cafe. Shoot out would not have been good. Beat down would have gotten you shot. It sounds like you are pissed off at this kind of bullshit and I get it, but the solutions you suggest, in my experience, don't work.
Jeff Lebowsky December 22, 2011 at 07:10 PM
No Paul, without statistics, your comments are mere antidotes and opinions, not fact. Paul don't put words in my mouth. I clearly said that I wasn't advocating a wild west situation. I am not saying that armed citizens is the total solution to the problem just what I know would change the dynamics of who has the upperhand in this situation. Otherwise your just a sitting duck waiting to be a victim. You know what, after I had kids I thought about situations like this in another light. I started to think that if a crime such as this was committed on me, it was like doing it to my wife and kids as well even if they weren't present. If they had killed me for a stupid iPad cause I thought I would get a cup of coffee that day then that is committing an unforgivable crime against family, which now is fatherless. Yes, that stokes a fire under my ass and I would not hesitate at neutralizing the problem given the chance to do so. Have you ever meet an armed citizen ? I know many and they are intelligent, law abiding citizens who understand the facts that I speak of, and I would rather be in a room full of them then a room full of people who will just accept the role of the victim. And besides this, what "experience" do you have to say this approach wouldn't work.
Terry-Stephanie Carmon December 22, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Hello, all!!! We're now getting reports about suspicious activity that's been going on for about a week now....!!!! ex. cars roaming the alleys.....we cannot stress enough the importance of calling 911 whenever you see something that just doesn't look right.....the kids who held up Drip were sighted looking into windows in houses on Faith Avenue yesterday morning, but there was no 911 call made!!!!....we talked about the importance of calling 911 at our recent HOA mtg. Everyone must be willing to alert the police to suspicious activity....!!! It takes a village! Glenwood Park Village!!! !!!...a call to 911 could have made a big difference in how events played out yesterday!!!......- The Carmons - Lead GP Neighborhood Watch Captains.....
Paul M. December 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Jeff I grew up around "armed citizens." Its a downward spiral. I hope you'll consider alternatives. Yes. Let's call 911 the moment we see anything out of order. Be safe.
mike December 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Agreed. Call 911 whenever needed. Unfortunately, the cops usually get there a bit too late.
Péralte Paul (Editor) December 23, 2011 at 02:58 AM
That may be, Mike, but when APD looks at which zones and which beat within each zone deserve more police personnel and resources, they look at the 911 calls and the number of calls made. People need to call 911 to report all suspcious activity, not only because of staffing/planning, but because it allows them to spot patterns of behavior such as time of day, etc.
aj December 26, 2011 at 10:49 AM
You uneducated buffoons do know the writer of this article is black, ya know? White folks killing me softly as usual.
John December 28, 2011 at 07:12 PM
So what if the writer is black? He is likely a law abiding citizen and doesn't rob coffee shops. What's your point, idiot? Sounds like your a racist. Why do you hate white people? because they aren't responsible for the majority of the crime in this area?
J in EAV December 29, 2011 at 01:24 AM
I try to be aware of my surroundings whenever I'm out and about. It never occurred to me that I need to keep my gaurd up when sitting in a coffee shop. This robbery has changed my perception of what to consider a safe zone. I had always thought my handgun should be kept at home, but now I'm having second thoughts. Its time to get a permit to carry my gun. (just in case)
Samuel January 05, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I totally agree with Paul Mainor, I have work with juvenile who have commited crimes, most of my career and I know that taking on this angry approach does not solve the problem. Intelligent, therapeutic, solutions will solve the problem. Communities wrking together African Americans,Whites, Hispanic, Asians, Rich, Poor, Gay, Straight. We should all work to solve this sickness of crime.
Samuel January 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Mike your comment is borderline racist. Did you see the Television News Broadcast on this story? They showed footage of the juveniles handcuffed. They were clearly African American males. Is the "Monkey" comment a "subconcious slip of the tongue?"
Samuel January 05, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I totally agree Paul.
aj January 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Perhaps you are unaware of the definition of racism. It is the majority that has the ability to harbor the thoughts, emotions and ideas of racial inequality. Not the minority.
J Crunch May 03, 2012 at 12:25 PM
It seems funny that this is now a thread on how to solve the entire crime problem. Drip is a great place and I go there once a week. I walk there from the house. This area is very safe. I say that after moving here from just off Piedmont Park in the $800,000 home district. Over there you hear/see police cars every day, vagrants walking about, plus police helicopters weekly. The craziest of the crazy live at Ponce and Monroe. Nothing in this area comes close. On the race issue, as I grow older it is very clear, people are "watchful" of the Type of person who typically does the bad things in their area. I would be no less "watchful" if any of the following walked into any coffee shop: 4 german homeless guys, 4 toothless dirty trailer trash guys, or 4 russian girls with backpacks caked with dirt that don't really seem to have the money to buy anything but are wandering. If you are in any community that is all one Type and you see someone that fits that communities description of the typical thug, then that person will make others "watchful", especially if that person is not where they typically would be found. What would you call that person in that situation? Trailer Park Scum, Homeless, Gypsy... If you would call these people by these terms, it would appear to me that others may call you racist by the given criteria. I feel sorry for any coffee shop having that happen. It has happened to most just not so brazen. They have the best coffee in town.

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