'Armed and dangerous' man terrorizing 4 metro counties, police say

Police in Rockdale County are searching for an "armed and dangerous" man they say has been terrorizing their community since they first caught him three years ago.

Investigators said the man is wanted for dozens of crimes in Rockdale, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Clayton counties and they need the help of citizens to catch him.

Conyers police first busted Anthony Vaughn on several burglary and theft charges in 2015 but he failed to turn himself in, authorities said.

Police said Vaughn then went back to work.

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“He’s been on the loose, multiple warrants, wreaking more havoc, failed to turn himself in for a series of charges,” said Conyers police Sgt. Kim Lucas.

Lucas has been talking about recapturing Vaughn for three years now. She says the video shows him on a shopping spree inside a Footlocker with a credit card he stole from someone.

Police say video from the parking lot of an Outback restaurant shows Vaughn driving around looking for his next victim.

He’s also wanted for allegedly strangling a woman and police say he is always on the move.

Conyers police say Vaughn is quick, jumping on and off the interstate, working the I-20 corridor and targeting victims along West Avenue.

Officers are going to business owners asking them and their customers to be on the lookout.

Channel 2 Action News tagged along with Conyers officers as they put up flyers where they say Vaughn has been committing crimes and he’s been everywhere.

"He's victimized countless other people in many jurisdictions hope nobody gets hurt before in custody which he will be spend long time behind bars," she said.

Police say many times, after he breaks into a car, he goes shopping at Stonecrest Mall before people know they are a victim. 

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

The reward is now $2,000.

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