A thief who targeted commercial businesses in Winder posing as a maintenance employee has been identified.
11Alive News calls him the "316 Office Creeper" and reports law enforcement has identified the suspect as 54-year-old Antonio Hornsby. He has been charged with felony warrants for burglary and theft, misdemeanor theft by taking and loitering and prowling by Athens-Clarke County Police. He is also a suspect in several thefts in Winder, Duluth, Braselton, Acworth, Cartersville and Henry County.
The Winder Police Department asked for help this past week in identifying the suspect, captured in video surveillance. According to a news release issued by the department, the victims were targeted between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, and each of the witnesses gave similar descriptions of a man who entered the businesses claiming to be someone sent by the building owner to perform services such as carpet cleaning and pest control. The man was given access to office areas after telling employees he needed to inspect the area for the work he was going to perform. Employees, who were out of their offices, discovered their wallets missing from purses and desks shortly after the man left the buildings.
Police believe Hornby is traveling along Interstate 75 on his way to Florida, where he has family.
11Alive reports the suspect targeted the Classic Hair Salon on Piedmont Drive in Winder. "He walked up to my co-worker and said he was there to spray for bugs," owner Judy Barclay told the news outlet.
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