SOUTH FORSYTHb -- A Forsyth County grand jury recently indicted two Roswell teens on charges of armed robbery after they reportedly went on a crime spree in March.
Stephan Burnette and Troy Palmer, ages 17 and 18, respectively, at the time, are accused of holding up a Chevron gas station on Buford Dam Road southeast of Cumming after allegedly conducting armed robberies in Cobb and Gwinnett counties.
Burnette is the son of Roswell Fire Chief Ricky Burnette, who, at the time, confirmed in an email that the younger Burnette is his son but did not want to comment further.
According to reports, one of the teens entered the gas station store after 9 p.m. on March 29 and pulled out a gun, demanding money from the clerk.
The gun, which was first reported as a semiautomatic weapon, turned out to be a BB gun, the indictment said.
The indictment called the gun “an offensive weapon.”
In an initial hearing Tuesday, Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley dismissed two related charges against Burnette: possession of a firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies and aggravated assault.
The teens reportedly made off with about $1,000, Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said at the time.
They were arrested hours after the robbery, about 2 a.m. during a traffic stop on Buford Highway (Hwy. 20) at the entrance to Ga. 400 after a Forsyth County deputy matched the vehicle’s description to lookout information.
Bagley is presiding over the case, for which a trial date has not yet been set.