Felon gets 40 years in Fayette robberies

Anthony Dobson

Anthony Dobson

FAYETTEVILLE — A felon serving prison time for crimes in Clayton and Henry counties got 40 years tacked on to his sentence for two Fayette County armed robberies.

Anthony Craig Dobson, 46, was convicted Tuesday in Fayette County Superior Court. Judge Christopher Edwards sentenced Dobson to 20 years on each of two counts of armed robbery, to be served consecutively.

Dobson is serving 20 years in a Georgia state prison for a New Year’s Day 2012 robbery by intimidation conviction in Henry County. He’s also serving four years for an aggravated battery conviction in Clayton County from April 2011.

On April 12, 2011, Clayton County police caught up with Dobson in Morrow driving a 2000 Chrysler Voyager that had been reported stolen days before in Fayetteville.

Dobson reportedly gave chase, exceeding 80 mph on Mount Zion Boulevard, before stopping inside the Publix Shopping Center and running inside the store, police said. Dobson ran out the back door of the store where police were waiting.

Five days before the car theft, Fayetteville police Lt. Mike Whitlow said Dobson robbed Jan’s Florist by presenting a note that he had a gun. After he left the florist, Whitlow said he robbed Rite Aid on Ga. Highway 54 after telling the cashier he had a gun.

According to Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Dobson is also a registered sex offender. He was convicted of sexual assault on a child under 10 in Texas in 1995. In 2001, he pleaded guilty in Clayton County State Court for failing to register as a sex offender.