CONYERS, Ga. - The search has intensified in the metro Atlanta for a serial theft suspect considered armed and dangerous.
Police said over the last three years, 35-year-old Anthony Vaughn has broken into dozens of cars and stole some of them. Monday, investigators hit the streets seeking the public's help in tracking him down.
“Unfortunately, he has been getting away from us for this long so we are actively searching for him yet again,” said Sgt. Kim Lucas, Conyers Police Department.
Vaughn is wanted in several metro area counties including DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Rockdale.
Conyers Police posted flyers in that city and throughout DeKalb County Monday. They pepper bus stops, gas stations, and convenience stores.
“He's out there wreaking havoc basically a menace. We consider him armed and dangerous,” said Sgt. Lucas.
Sgt. Lucas said Vaughn's brazen thefts date back to 2015. That's when he was suppose turn himself into jail after reaching a plea deal on a string of vehicle break-ins and thefts. But instead, police said he stayed out and targeted more victims.
“Breaking into vehicles, stealing vehicles, aggravated assault,” said Sgt. Lucas. “There have been some vehicles broken into where firearms were stolen.”
Police said surveillance cameras have caught Vaughn in the act. They said he broke into several cars in restaurant parking lots and in one instance last year, police said store surveillance cameras captured Vaughn spending one victim's money.
“I have no doubt that there is some help he is receiving which also means people know that he is up to and can call us and let us know so we can find him,” said Sgt. Lucas.
Investigators said they've received calls from the public after canvassing Monday, but they still need help with this Crime Stoppers case.
There's a cash reward for information that leads to Vaughn's arrest and tipsters can remain anonymous.