Law enforcement officers in the Charlotte, N.C., area finally caught up with the suspect who allegedly stole wallets from employees at several businesses around Georgia, including in Winder. Antonio Hornsby, 54, was arrested April 3 and is behind bars in the Mecklinburg County Jail. After he is extradited to Georgia, he will face five charges in Winder alone. “Our investigator took five warrants on this individual last week,” said Winder Police Department officer Chris Cooper. “We have charged him with 3 counts of Theft by Taking and 2 counts of Burglary.” However, exactly when Hornsby will face a Barrow County judge remains to be seen. “With so many other agencies having also charged Hornsby, it will now be a decision for the courts and various jurisdictions to figure out what order he will have to appear in each jurisdiction’s court.”
The alleged serial wallet thief began his weeks-long crime spree in Athens, where he allegedly stole a relative’s car, then hit three Winder businesses en route to other Georgia cities. Because the additional thefts occurred far south of here, law enforcement officials originally thought the suspect was heading back to Florida, where he had previously resided. But he apparently did an about-face and headed north.
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