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Arrests mount in jewelry theft case
Sixth suspect charged

Authorities have arrested a sixth suspect in connection with a $2 million heist last month at a Forsyth County jewelry store.


Christopher Lamar Funderburk, 32, of Fairburn has been charged with one count each of burglary and theft by taking, authorities said.


Five other suspects, three of whom are related, were arrested about two weeks ago and charged with similar offenses.


All six are being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center without bond.

The arrests stem from the late September burglary at Milano Fine Jewelry on Buford Highway.


“As the investigation continues, it is becoming more apparent that this group is very organized,” said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss. “Evidence indicates [Funderburk] was at the scene of the burglary.”


Authorities have said the suspects entered the business sometime between the night of Sept. 24 and early Sept. 26 through a hole they cut in a wall between Milano and the empty store next door.


A construction crew discovered the opening when they arrived for work about 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26.


The suspects had disabled the security system, ransacked the store, breached the safe and taken security equipment.


Investigators are working with authorities throughout Georgia and in neighboring Southern states to determine if the suspects are tied to similar burglaries over the past year.


The other five suspects in the case were arrested separately over a three-day span last month.


Amanda Hogan, 27, Michael T. Holloway, 35, and Connie Holloway, 52, all of Smyrna, have been charged with one count each of party to the crime of burglary and theft by taking.


They were arrested Sept. 29 at Connie Holloway’s home in Smyrna.


Two other suspects — Carl Henry Bowser III, 26, of Atlanta and Kenardis Demaine Holloway, 31, of Smyrna — were arrested Sept. 27 and 28 at different locations in the metro Atlanta area.


Each has been charged with one count each of burglary and theft by receiving.


Authorities have said Kenardis Holloway and Michael Holloway are brothers and Connie Holloway is their mother.


Some of the property stolen from Milano has been recovered during the investigation.