UPDATE: Dalton mother recalls violent armed robbery; police offering reward for suspects arrest
Dalton police are offering $3,000 for information leading to the arrests of the two suspects.
UPDATE: A Dalton family was robbed at gunpoint in their driveway, just moments after returning home from a shopping trip in Atlanta.
Now, nearly a year later the suspects walk free.
Police are offering a $3,000 reward to put the suspects behind bars.
Those suspects got away with $20,000 worth of jewelry in less than a minute.
Brittany McEntire says that was a day she will never forget, and it is one that is still affecting her family today.
On May 30, 2018, McEntire's home surveillance camera captured what she says calls a nightmare.
“There was a lot that could've happened that day that didn't.
Thank goodness, you know. Things can be replaced but lives can’t,” McEntire said.
McEntire was leaving Phipps Plaza shopping mall in Atlanta to head home. Dalton police say the suspects spotted McEntire in the parking lot at approximately 6:00 pm. The victims were then followed from Atlanta back to her home.
“Moms don't pay attention very often. You are paying attention to your kid, where you are going and trying to make it home safe. My kids were screaming. We were in Atlanta traffic. I wasn't paying attention I'll admit that,” she explained.
McEntire said she pulled into her driveway and moments later two black men approached her with a gun.
“They were let out in my neighbor’s yard, and they were looking through the trees, and then they came around I guess,” she said. “They pulled their guns out and cornered me into my passenger door.”
Police said they searched for the men responsible for months but have exhausted all leads.
Spokesperson Bruce Frazier said they hope the reward will help bring anyone with information on the case forward.
“While a lot of people in town have probably forgot about this incident and other burglaries that have happened over the years, we don't forget about these cases,” Frazier said. “This was not a case where somebody was blatantly unaware or being sort of irresponsible. There is every indication that the victims, in this case, did everything right.”
Frazier added there is no indication that a violent robbery like this one will happen again in the area.
Though she tries, McEntire says she will never forget the day she thought would be her last.
“There is no amount of counseling that can get you through that you know. I could've lost everything.”
If you have any information on that robbery or the suspects, call Detective John Edwards at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and then enter ext. 152.
PREVIOUS STORY: Two suspects robbed a family at gunpoint after following them back to Dalton from a shopping trip in Atlanta.
The robbery happened last May.
Now, Dalton police are offering $3,000 for information leading to their arrests.
In less than a minute, those two suspects got away with $20,000 worth of jewelry.
That's what the family told Channel 3 two days after the robbery. The whole thing was caught on the family's home surveillance camera.
Brittany McEntire told us two black men got out of two different cars and ran up her driveway moments after she and her family got back from a mall in Atlanta.
In a still from that video, you can see McEntire behind the passenger door. Her twin babies, preschooler and husband are all in the driveway with her while two men demand her jewelry at gunpoint.
"They're like,'give us everything!' Like, look at my arms, give us everything. And I'm just shaking, I can't even think," McEntire said.
Police say the suspects were passengers in separate rental cars from Atlanta. One of them was a white Chevy Impala, and the other was a silver Nissan Maxima.
There is no description of the drivers.
If you have any information, call Dalton police at 706-278-9085.
PREVIOUS STORY: Home security cameras along Chatham Drive catch the brazen crime as it unfolded Wednesday evening in broad daylight.
Two black men get out of a pair of cars and ran up Brittany McEntire's driveway moments after she returned home from a family trip to Atlanta.
"Then they pull out their guns, they've got their guns out and they're walking like this and they're like, "Shh, shh, shh!" Because then, when I see the guns, I just start screaming," she said.
A picture from McEntire's surveillance video shows the scene, she's behind the passenger door, her twin babies, preschooler, mother and husband all in the driveway with two men demanding her jewelry at gunpoint.
"They're like, "Give us everything!" Like, look at my arms, give us everything. And I'm just shaking, I can't even think," she added.
McEntire said they made off with about $20,000 worth of jewelry and other items before running back to the cars and taking off.
The entire crime took less than a minute.
"I mean, I literally thought that that day was my last day. I mean, you've got two guns pointed at you," McEntire said.
Even though no one was hurt, she said the emotional impact for her and her family is beyond measure.
"In Dalton, we don't have a lot of really random stranger on stranger violent crime," Bruce Frazier with the Dalton Police Department said.
Investigators are looking at video from businesses and churches nearby to piece together a better time line of what happened and said this should serve as an example to always be aware of your surroundings.
"I'm like, was I being followed from Atlanta? I don't think so, but, were they sitting at the church? Were they sitting here seeing whoever was out in their driveway?" McEntire said.
Now, the neighborhood is coming together to figure out how they can keep someone like this from happening again.
Police are looking for a white late model Chevrolet Impala and a silver Nissan Maxima.
If you have any information that can help Dalton Police in this case, call Detective John Edwards at 706-278-9085, extension 9152.
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PREVIOUS STORY: Dalton police are looking for two men who are accused of an armed-robbery in the driveway of a couple's home on Wednesday night.
It happened just after 8:00 p.m. at a home on Chatham Drive.
Police spokesman Bruce Frazier says the couple was unloading shopping bags from their car when two black men showed up with handguns.
The suspects cornered the wife, grabbing her jewelry and demanding "items."
The suspects got away with the woman's jewelry and a large duffel bag.
Police say the suspect drove away from the scene in two cars; a white late model Chevrolet Impala and a silver Nissan Maxima.
No one was hurt.
Detectives were able to get surveillance video from the home.
The incident is under investigation and anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective John Edwards at 706-278-9085, extension 9152.