Rome man suspected of over 20 armed robberies in Northwest Georgia arrested
A Floyd County man was arrested and charged with armed robbery Wednesday after his car was spotted in surveillance videos thanks to new license plate reading cameras. Anthony Lavell Williams, 26, of Rome, was arrested at his home after Carrollton police linked him to the car used in an armed robbery July 5th. During the arrest, police said they searched Williams’ home and found evidence connecting him to more than 20 other armed robberies across northwest Georgia. Most of the robbery targets were pharmacies, Carrollton police Sgt. Chad Taylor said. "We are proud of our ACE Unit investigators for stopping a crime spree of armed robberies across the northwestern part of the state. FLOCK cameras have been instrumental in solving numerous crimes in our jurisdiction and many jurisdictions across the state and southeast. We are grateful to our City of Carrollton administration for recognizing the importance of this tool and making this tool available, throughout the city, to assist investigators in solving crimes for our citizens and businesses." Carrollton police posted on Facebook. Williams was wanted in a takeover-style hold-up at a Carrollton Walgreens earlier in the month. According to the incident report, he forced an employee back into the store at gunpoint just before closing time at 11:00 PM, then gathered the two employees and four customers and took their cellphones. After herding them into the store’s office, Williams allegedly had the manager open the safe. He took cash from the safe and drugs from the pharmacy, then led all six people to the parking lot, where he had them lie down at a distance from one another before he drove away, according to the incident report. Villa Rica Police investigated an armed robbery at the CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Highways 61 and 78. According to VRPD Captain Keith Shaddix: “At around 1:30 AM, on Sunday, June 13th, a black male wearing a mask and gloves and holding a handgun entered the building. He forced employees back into the pharmacy area. He was in possession of at least two backpacks, which he ordered the victims to fill with drugs. In May he robbed the CVS Pharmacies in Calhoun and Summerville at gunpoint. On June 4th at approximately 11:40 PM, he entered the CVS located 87 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorp and robbed the employee's at gunpoint. Though the Williams wore a mask in all the robberies, the car’s license plate helped the police identify Williams as the suspect. Williams is being held without bond at the Carroll County Jail on one count of armed robbery. Law enforcement expects federal charges to be brought against Williams for the alleged robbery spree across the area.