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More arrests made in armed car robberies

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Two more suspects — including a Dunbar Armored employee — have been arrested in connection with a series of recent armored car robberies across the metro Atlanta area, as another was identified and remains at large.

Stacey Lamont Dooley of Snellville and Quinton Lamar Booker of East Point were booked into Gwinnett County Jail on Thursday for their roles in eight armed robberies of armored car couriers, including three inside county lines.

At least three more people have now been connected to the incidents, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Thursday.

• Ashley Antwan Henderson, 27, of Atlanta was arrested and booked at Gwinnett County Jail late Wednesday night, charged with three counts apiece of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

• Veronica Bullard, 32, was arrested by Marietta Police on Wednesday in association with the robberies. Until the time of her arrest, Bullard was an employee of Dunbar Armored, Smith said.

• Edward Thornton, 28, has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, but remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, Smith said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact their local police department.

Gwinnett Police also added additional charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery to Dooley and Booker’s rap sheets Thursday. Both were originally charged with three counts of armed robbery, in addition to Dooley’s pair of conspiracy charges.

Original information released Wednesday listed Dooley and Booker as the only pair of suspects arrested, leading most to assume that the duo were the gunman and getaway driver associated with the robberies dating back to November, including the homicide of courier and Lawrenceville resident Garry Castillo earlier this month.

That may or may not be the case, Smith said, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, DeKalb Police, Gwinnett Police and other agencies continue to investigate.

“I can't say specifically what each of their roles were at the moment,” Smith said.

Castillo’s murder outside an Atlanta Kroger was part of the eighth armored car robbery in the metro area now believed to be perpetrated by Dooley, Booker and others.

Couriers were robbed at gunpoint at a Bank of America on Buford Drive on Nov. 11, as well as at a Snellville Wells Fargo on Nov. 29.

When two gunmen reportedly approached a pair of couriers servicing an ATM inside the Mall of Georgia on Dec. 7, one of the couriers fired a shot at the suspects.

Several other robberies took place across the metro Atlanta area, including a January incident in which a courier was shot at a Stone Mountain Wells Fargo.

According an arrest warrant, Dooley had planned another robbery as recently as Monday, when he “drove to a Food Depot and waited for an hour for the Loomis Armored truck to arrive to rob them, but abandoned the plan as the truck left.”

“The suspects’ M.O. in these cases was to wait until the armored car guards were outside of their vehicle with case,” Smith said. “In all three of the cases in Gwinnett, the guards were refilling ATMs.”

Dooley and Booker were scheduled for first appearance hearings in Gwinnett County Magistrate Court Friday morning, officials said Thursday.

Dooley’s booking sheet lists a hold for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. That is because he is listed as an “absconder” from the Charlotte area, spokesman Keith Acree told the Gwinnett Daily Post.

“He was on probation for several drug possession charges, and also for possession of a firearm by a felon” and stopped showing up for probation, Acree said Thursday.

According to Acree, Dooley was convicted on possession of a firearm by a felon charges in July 2007, and on drug charges in August 2006.