Authorities say that a man from Lithonia led them on a high-speed chase through south Forsyth on Monday morning after he and another suspect were caught allegedly attempting to burglarize a Johns Creek gun store.
Just after midnight on Monday, July 1, a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol near the Johns Creek Indoor Gun Range on McGinnis Ferry Road began investigating suspicious sounds of glass breaking that seemed to come from the business’s back entrance, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater.
The deputy allegedly found two black males behind the south Forsyth gun range, who immediately fled the scene on foot in different directions.
Shortly after, Rainwater said that a van from the nearby Johns Creek Korean Church left the area at a high rate of speed and deputies began chasing it, believing it to be stolen by one of the burglary suspects.
Rainwater said that the van fled north on Old Atlanta Road until it hit a spike strip that had been deployed near the Laurel Springs Subdivision and wrecked. The driver of the stolen van fled the scene on foot.
K9 units from Johns Creek and Alpharetta, and a helicopter from the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit were called in to search for the suspect, Rainwater said.
But the suspect was not apprehended until about 3:15 a.m., when deputies stopped a driver from a national ride-share service who was in the area and discovered that a ride had been requested at an abandoned home off Nichols Road. Authorities converged on the abandoned home and took Devonte Alonzo Minto, 18, into custody.
Rainwater said that deputies identified Minto as the alleged driver of the stolen van and as one of the suspects that fled the burglary. The other suspect evaded capture and has not been identified.
The sheriff’s office also recovered a stolen rental box truck from the Johns Creek Indoor Gun Range that they believe the suspects drove to the scene.
Minto has been charged with burglary, theft by taking, fleeing to elude for a felony offense, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, striking an unattended vehicle, failure to report an accident, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and driving without proper class of license.As of Monday afternoon, he was being held at the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.