Timothy Soulsby (left) and Vincent McClure
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Men arrested, accused of using machete in Cobb drug store robberies

Two men accused of using a machete to rob three south Cobb County drug stores this week have been arrested, police said Friday. 

Timothy Soulsby, 62, of Mableton, and Vincent McClure, 63, of Atlanta, were taken into custody Thursday, Cobb County and Smyrna police said.

The men are suspected of robbing one store in Smyrna and two in unincorporated Cobb, authorities said.

The first occurred Tuesday night at a Walgreens on South Cobb Drive, Cobb police spokeswoman Officer Sydney Melton said. 

Witnesses said two older men approached the front counter before one of the suspects pulled a “machete-style knife” and demanded cash from the drawer, Melton said. One of the suspects grabbed the drawer and the two men took off, according to police. 

The following day, Cobb police were called to an attempted robbery at another Walgreens on Floyd Road shortly after 2 p.m.

“The robbery occurred in a similar manner ... and the suspect descriptions matched the previous incident,” Melton said, adding that no money was stolen during Wednesday’s attempted heist. 

About that time, Smyrna police started investigating a similar robbery that occurred at a pharmacy in their jurisdiction, Melton said. 

Using surveillance video, authorities were able to identify the men and obtain warrants for their arrests. The suspects were taken into custody Thursday after their car was stopped by Atlanta police just inside the Cobb line, Melton said.

Soulsby is charged with armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault, while McClure is charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault, records show. Additional charges will be added in connection with the alleged robbery in Smyrna, authorities said. 

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