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Two arrested in cigarette caper at south Forsyth gas station

SOUTH FORSYTH — Two of the five men who reportedly swiped nearly 200 packs of cigarettes from a south Forsyth gas station in January have been arrested in Villa Rica for a recent similar incident, officials said.

During an investigation at the Race Trac just north of McFarland Parkway/Exit 12 at Ga. 400, detectives found latent fingerprints that identified one suspect as 22-year-old Corey Hollingsworth, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Cpl. Robin Regan.

A second suspect was identified as Marcus Strozier, 24.

The men, both from Atlanta, are reportedly gang members who “have an extensive and violent criminal history.”

When they post bond from the jail in Carroll County, in west Georgia, they will be transferred to the Forsyth County Jail, Regan said, unless another law enforcement agency has warrants out for their arrest.

Warrants were secured in Forsyth County in connection with the cigarette-theft incident for robbery by intimidation. Further charges are pending as the investigation remains open.

Hollingsworth and Strozier supposedly entered the south Forsyth gas station with three other men just before 4 a.m. on Jan. 14 in a black four-door car that had backed to the front of the business, Regan said.

They were all wearing hoods pulled tightly around their faces to conceal their identities as they jumped over the counter, grabbing cigarette packs by tearing the racks and shelving off the wall.

After being in the store for just more than one minute, they fled in the car toward Ga. 400.

Regan said none of the suspects appeared to use a weapon during the incident.