State News

June 27, 2013

2 arrested, 2 sought in jewelry store robbery

VILLA RICA — Police say they have made two arrests in a fatal shooting and armed robbery at a Villa Rica jewelry store and are looking for at least two more suspects in connection with the attack.  

A 16-year-old boy and 23-year-old Raphael Rucker, of Atlanta, were arrested in the death of 45-year-old store owner Mitch Mobley, police said Thursday.  

Mobley was killed Wednesday afternoon when a group of men came into his jewelry store about 35 miles west of downtown Atlanta armed with hammers. Mobley was shot as the men broke a display case to steal watches. Authorities have not elaborated on the arrests and who they think shot the victim.

The suspects have been charged with murder and aggravated assault. Both men were being held in the Carroll County jail and it was unclear Thursday if they had lawyers.

Villa Rica Police Capt., Keith Shaddix, said the teenage suspect is being charged as an adult. The Associated Press typically does not identify juvenile crime suspects.   

Neighbors said Mobley was devoted to the local community and will be remembered as a good father, friend and mentor.

“It’s a shock, for all of us to see a man that everyone in this county knows and then someone takes his life like that,” Villa Rica resident Neil Grimes told WSB-TV ( )  

The robbery was similar to at least two others involving groups of men in the Atlanta area using hammers to quickly destroy display cases. Police are working to determine if any of the robberies may be related.


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