By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — A Decatur man with a criminal record going back at least 20 years was charged Wednesday for robbing someone looking for a day laborer, said Clayton County police.
Lt. Marc Richards said police arrested Trevance E. Currie, 43, and charged him with armed robbery, motor vehicle theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and during the commission of a crime. According to Georgia Department of Corrections, Currie was most recently released from prison in September 2011 after serving more than 12 years for robbery, armed robbery and motor vehicle theft.
Richards said Currie was picked up at a hardware store near I-285 and Jonesboro Road in Atlanta Wednesday by someone looking for a day laborer. On the way to the work site, Currie allegedly told the driver he was hungry so the man stopped at McDonald's at Mt. Zion Boulevard and Mt. Zion Parkway.
Richards said the driver got out of his black Chevrolet Avalanche, leaving Currie inside with the keys. While the driver was inside the fast food restaurant, Currie allegedly used a handgun that was inside the truck to rob a man parked next to him. Richards said Currie then drove off in the Avalanche.
Police responded to the area on the ground and by helicopter about 2:40 p.m. to search the area for the truck, said Richards. The search was aided by a newly-formed Tactical Investigative Enhanced Robbery Unit, known as TIGER. Richards said TIGER is a pro-active patrol unit used to suppress robberies.
The TIGER unit uses information from the Clayton County police TITAN program to pinpoint crimes and criminals so the opportunity to commit robbery is reduced, he said. Officers with the Aviation Unit found the truck parked in a hotel parking lot and the TIGER unit located Currie on the third floor of the hotel, said Richards.
DeKalb County records show an arrest for Currie in 1993.