Cops: Alleged serial robber now tied to even more crimes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The cases keep stacking up against Derrick Cage.

Cage, a 28-year-old Snellville man, was arrested in January after footage from surveillance cameras around the city of Norcross tied him to an armed robbery there, and, initially, about 14 more across the metro Atlanta area.

Gwinnett police said Wednesday they now believe Cage could be tied to even more cases within the county, and have gotten additional calls from other jurisdictions around Atlanta.

Spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Cage was originally charged in connection with 11 armed robberies in Gwinnett, most at cellphone stores but including appliance retailers, a tobacco shop and a Days Inn. He said detectives are now investigating Cage's involvement in at least six more incidents, with scenes dating back as far as early 2010.

"New" cases include robberies at a convenience store, a comic book store and a pizza shop, Smith said.

"It's all businesses," he said, "but it's definitely hard to say he's just targeting one (type)."

Smith was also aware of additional calls from police agencies in Roswell, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Johns Creek and Lilburn. Cage is tied to most of the cases by a silver Dodge Charger, the same one with a Michigan license plate that was caught on Norcross cameras in January.

Those images were ultimately fed to Gwinnett police, who found only three such vehicles had ever been stopped in the county. Cage was the driver in one of those traffic stops and a "close physical match" to descriptions of the robbery suspect, police said at the time of his original arrest.

Any additional charges will be brought directly by indictment, Smith said. Cage is currently at Gwinnett County Jail with no bond.

"We've got him (incarcerated) for the long haul," Smith said, "so it's not a huge rush."