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Authorities: Forsyth County teen allegedly smashed store window to steal beer
Teen Chevron burglary
Forsyth County authorities say that a local teen has been arrested after he allegedly smashed through a gas station window over the weekend. - photo by Ben Hendren

Authorities say that a Forsyth County teen has been arrested and charged after he allegedly smashed through the front window of a closed gas station to steal beer early on Saturday morning.

Thomas Scott Edwards II
Thomas Scott Edwards II

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were dispatched to a Chevron gas station at 7730 McGinnis Ferry Road at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday to investigate reports that the business’s front glass window had been shattered.

On scene, deputies found a broken window and a hammer, with small traces of blood on both.

Viewing security camera footage from the business, a deputy was able to see a white male approach the business and attempt to gain entry by striking the doors locks with the hammer that was found at the scene.

After failing to enter the store by striking the locks, the report states that the male began striking the business’s front window until one shattered.

“The male then enters the business and makes his way to the beer cooler and begins placing beer into his bookbag,” the report states.

At the same time of sheriff’s office’s investigation at the scene, deputies near the intersection of McGinnis Ferry Road and Settles Walk Lane made contact with a suspicious male bleeding from his hand, who fled from them on foot.

After successfully detaining the man, who was later identified as Thomas Scott Edwards II, 18, of Suwanee, he allegedly admitted that he was the only person involved in the burglary and had been cut by glass in the attempt.

From Edwards backpack, deputies recovered two packs of beer worth about $25 and he was placed under arrest.

Edwards has been charged with three felonies, including burglary, possession of a knife during the commission of a felony and obstruction of law enforcement officers.

As of Monday afternoon, he was being held in the Forsyth County Jail under a bond of $34,395.