Photo courtesy of NBC 11/Athens, Georgia
(NBC NEWS) -- Police have identified Antonio Hornsby, 54, as a suspect in a recent rash of thefts at businesses throughout the metro Atlanta area.
Hornsby has been charged with felony warrants for burglary and theft, and misdemeanor theft by taking, and loitering and prowling by Athens-Clarke County Police.
Police are alerting law enforcement officials and citizens to be on the lookout for Hornsby. They believe he is driving a stolen beige 1994 Buick Regal GA Tag# GA 803I.
From March 15 to 19, Hornsby is suspected of entering four Athens businesses and an elementary school where he stole wallets from women's purses.
Police said Hornsby gained entry to the businesses by posing as a carpet cleaner or pest control maintenance worker.
"He is likely travelling southbound along I-75 en route to Florida," Athens-Clarke County Police Detective Louis Pasqualetti told 11Alive News. "He has family and associates living in the Tampa area ... caution should be used if contact is made with this individual."
Hornsby is also a suspect in nine other similar thefts in Winder, Duluth, Braselton, Acworth, Cartersville and Henry County.
The latest theft happened at Henry County Transit on Friday at about 2 p.m. Henry County Police said the suspect told workers in the government building he was contracted to clean the carpets. While in the building police said he took wallets of the employees.