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Home invasion suspects heard about victim’s valuables through ‘grapevine’
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From left, Preston Andrew Anderson, Quintin Chase McConnell, Blake Mitchell McKinzie and Gavyne Anthony Sowell.

One home invasion suspect allegedly wearing a baby-face Halloween mask and three others had “heard through the grapevine” about a man having valuables at his home, according to authorities.

Preston Andrew Anderson, 18, Quintin Chase McConnell, 18, Blake Mitchell McKinzie, 17, and Gavyne Anthony Sowell, 17, were charged with home invasion, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The victim told authorities four men came into the residence around midnight Aug. 17, with at least two carrying pistols, said Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jason Canupp.

Canupp said the suspects then demanded valuables from him.

“The victim was able to basically make it to another door and took off running to a neighbor’s house,” he said.

When the suspects were attempting to drive away from the scene, deputies arrived in the area of Margaret Drive and Old Ellijay Road in Dahlonega.

“When (the deputies) pulled up and blocked the vehicle in, one suspect they saw fled from the vehicle,” Canupp said.

A search of the woods led authorities to two suspects. Law enforcement then received two separate calls about suspicious males walking down the road in that area.

One was arrested on Ga. 9, while another was taken into custody on Ben Higgins Road.

“From what we understood, they did not know the victim personally but had some mutual acquaintances of the victim and had heard through the grapevine that he might have valuables,” Canupp said.

Canupp said multiple suspects had property of the victim, including money, watches and electronics.

“It was smaller things like some speakers and stuff, mainly things they could fit in a backpack,” he said.

The Halloween mask and one pistol were recovered by law enforcement.