Redbox Movie Return Leads to Armed Robbery, Kidnapping in Lilburn
On March 8, Lilburn Police Department released a report of a recent robbery and abduction at a local Walgreens pharmacy.
According to the report, the incidents happened on Feb. 23 at the Walgreens pharmacy, located at 4235 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn. Police released the report on March 8.
The report indicates that no arrests were made at the time of the crime, and that no injuries were reported.
According to the report, the incident began about 9:50 p.m. when a victim was allegedly robbed at the Walgreens while returning four movies to the Redbox unit located outside the store.
The victim told police that someone approached him from behind, and then asked him if there were any good movies to watch. The victim told the man, that yes, the movie "Flight" was available and a good choice.
When the fourth movie returned, the victim turned around, and the man was in his path, standing close to the front driver side door. That's when the suspect said: "I need you to give me some change," and "I got a knife."
The victim reported that the suspect pulled a knife from his right pocket, and demanded $50. At that time, two people pulled up in a vehicle and the victim said he wanted to get their attention, but that the suspect told him not to do anything.
The suspect then told the man they were going to take a trip -- to an ATM machine. The victim asked if they were going to walk over there, or take the car.
"I don't want to do either, and I don't want to get hurt," he recalled saying.
"Well, you are going to get hurt if you don't do what I say," the suspect was reported as saying.
The two men then got inside the victim's car, and the suspect -- not the victim -- drove to an ATM. It was too bright at a closer ATM across the street, so the pair headed for the Wells Fargo bank at 4265 Lawrenceville Highway. The victim said he sat in the back seat, next to his grandson's child car seat.
When they arrived at the ATM, the victim said he told the man what buttons to press to retrieve cash. The suspect selected $200, according to the report.
The suspect then got out of the car, and walked away -- possibly into the nearby Depot Package store.
The victim "stated he did not know what to do and therefore, he went home and told his wife what had occurred," the report states.
Police were dispatched to the home of the victim, where his statement was taken.
The weapon was described as having a round, wooden handle, with a silver blade of about three- to four-inches long.
The victim reported that he was robbed of a total of $218, including $18 from his wallet.
According to the report, police are continuing to investigate.