2 arrested in shoe robberies at Cobb library

Credit: Acworth Police Department

Credit: Acworth Police Department

Sellers had met buyers online

Two minors have been arrested in connection with two recent robberies of people trying to sell shoes at a Cobb County library, police announced Saturday night.

On Thursday and Friday, Acworth officers said they responded to the North Cobb Regional Library along Old Highway 41 after people reported being robbed while trying to sell shoes to buyers they met online.

In the first case, the victim was struck in the face, police spokesperson Maj. Mark Cheatham said, and the suspect fled the area with the shoes.

In the second case, Cheatham said the victim reported that two men met him and took the shoes. The victim tried to stop the robbery but was struck in the head with a pistol, he added. The suspects fled and the victim was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

By Saturday night, police announced that two young suspects had been arrested after a search warrant was executed at a home associated with them. Their ages were not disclosed, but they were taken to the Cobb County Youth Detention Center in Marietta and face charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The Cobb County Police Department has implemented “E-Commerce Zones” at all five precincts and headquarters to provide residents with safe spaces to meet buyers for trades and sales. The zones are marked with blue signs in well-lit places that are monitored by video surveillance.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to contact Acworth police at 770-974-1232.

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