Dale Hawkins, a 21-year-old from Lilburn, was arrested on Feb. 10 in connection with the armed robbery of a Brookhaven Chevron gas station at 2289 N. Druid Hills Road. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to connect Hawkins to an armed robbery of a Shell gas station in unincorporated DeKalb County and a Lilburn Wells Fargo Bank, according to a press release from Brookhaven Police.
Brookhaven detectives and their crime analysis expert were able to use data collected during the two gas station armed robberies to identify Hawkins as a suspect. Detectives located the vehicle used in both armed robberies in the possession of Hawkins through their investigation and surveillance.
During this investigation, detectives learned that a robbery had occurred at a Lilburn Wells Fargo Bank involving a person that matched the description of the suspect in the two gas station armed robberies. Detectives eventually linked all three incidents together.
Detectives from Brookhaven, Lilburn and DeKalb Police departments along with Gwinnett County Probation made contact with Hawkins at his Lilburn residence. Detectives located evidence in Hawkins’ residence that was involved in or received during the three armed robbery incidents. He was interviewed and confessed to the crimes.
Brookhaven detectives have secured warrants through DeKalb County for Armed Robbery. He is currently being held in the Gwinnett County Jail on charges filed by the Lilburn Police Department.