CONYERS — Three men who apparently had been involved in numerous crimes across Georgia were arrested Wednesday thanks to an alert bank employee who noticed a suspicious vehicle.
According to a press release from Conyers Police Department Officer Kim Lucas, an employee with Regions Bank located at 1848 Ga. Highway 138 saw a vehicle enter the bank’s parking lot after the bank had closed and noticed that none of the occupants exited the car.
When CPD officers arrived, they approached the vehicle and “immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana,” Lucas stated.
Officers learned that the driver, Akine Omara Brown, 23, of 3261 Palm Tree Drive in Lithonia, was driving with a suspended license; Aaron Gabriel Culver, 19, of 1808 Treecrest Parkway in Decatur, initially gave a false name; and the third passenger, Adonis Flournoy, 20, of 3784 Spring Garden Lane, Lithonia, was discovered to be wanted out of Taliaferro County for failure to appear.
“Upon searching the vehicle, two drivers licenses, several credit/debit cards and several checks with multiple names other than those of the individuals identified on scene were located,” the release states.
When officers contacted an individual named on one of the drivers licenses, they learned that person had been robbed in DeKalb County earlier in the week.
“Officers also found a loaded handgun that had been stolen out of Sandy Springs in the vehicle,” Lucas reported.
Brown was arrested and charged with seven counts of financial transaction card theft, one count of identity fraud and one count of theft by receiving stolen property. Flournoy was arrested and charged with seven counts of financial transaction card theft and one count of identity fraud; and Culver was charged with seven counts of financial transaction card theft, one count of identity fraud and giving a false name and date of birth.
“Thank you to the bank employee who, by being aware of her surroundings, helped make this case,” said Chief Gene Wilson in the release, “and to the responding officers who put forth the extra effort by completing a thorough investigation. By doing so, we feel this may solve several crimes in the metro area.”