Two men are now in custody after allegedly attempting to burglarize a south Forsyth restaurant in an early-morning smash and grab.
According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to The Collection in south Forsyth at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, after an alarm at the Tin Drum Asian Kitchen was activated from a broken window. Two suspects, De’ontae Martez White, 19, of DeKalb County and James Marion Harvey, 22, of Memphis, Tenn. were arrested shortly after when they were seen fleeing the scene.
Rainwater said that a deputy in the area of The Collection at the time saw a “suspicious” Honda Accord leaving the shopping center and followed as the vehicle turned into a nearby gas station.
“What really peeked his suspicion was that the driver and passenger switched seats in the vehicle as soon as they pulled into the station,” he said.
When approached by deputies, Rainwater said they discovered that neither White or Harvey had a valid or unsuspended license, were acting “nervous” and were “dressed for a robbery.” After being taken to the south precinct of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, deputies discovered that both suspects allegedly had pieces of glass in their car and clothing, similar to that of the window of the restaurant.
Rainwater said that it appears that the suspects attempted to take the register from the restaurant, but it was left at the front door when the suspects fled.
Both men were arrested and taken to the Forsyth County Jail.
Rainwater said that White is charged with burglary and driving with a suspended license. Harvey is charged with burglary and driving without a license.
Jail records show White is being held under a bond of $13,720.50, while Harvey is being held under no bond at the present time.