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Robbery suspects hit power pole while fleeing police, knocking out power around Decatur

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Robbery suspects hit power pole while fleeing police, knocking out power around Decatur

A DeKalb County Police vehicle. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons
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Illustration: A DeKalb County Police vehicle. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday evening more than 1,000 people were temporarily without power after armed robbery suspects struck a power pole while fleeing from police.

At one point, Georgia Power estimated about 1,400 customers were affected in and around Decatur’s Oakhurst community and in Atlanta’s East Lake community, according to numerous postings about the incident on social media. Power has since been restored.

According to a DeKalb County police spokesperson, “At approximately 9:45 p.m. officers saw a vehicle pulling out of an apartment complex that was believed to be involved in an armed robbery. The vehicle took off on them. The officers followed. When they caught up the vehicle had left the roadway and struck a utility pole causing the outage. There was no actual chase. Three juvenile males were taken into custody and will be charged with Theft By Receiving (Stolen Vehicle). The vehicle was stolen but it wasn’t involved in the armed robbery.”

The incident occurred on Memorial Drive near the intersection with Candler Road, according to reports from witnesses who posted about the incident on social media.

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