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Jonesboro man held in area robberies

JONESBORO — Less than a year ago, Anthony Paul Smith pleaded guilty in Clayton County Superior Court to 13 crimes and got a suspended sentence.

He was arrested again Wednesday and faces charges in Clayton and Henry counties and McDonough, said Clayton County police Officer Eddie Soto.

Soto said Smith, 22, is a suspect in the Jan. 11 robbery of Metro PCS on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro. He is charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Soto said Smith faces robbery charges in Henry County and McDonough and is a suspect in connection with other robberies in Clayton County. He is being held in Clayton County Jail without bond.

“The Clayton County Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office are pleased that another case was solved quickly and without incident,” he said.

Clayton County Superior Court records show Smith was charged in October 2012 on crimes including commercial burglary, criminal trespass, obstruction of an officer and burglary. He was sentenced to two years to serve in prison but the time was suspended under special conditions, leaving him serving 10 years on probation.

Smith was also ordered to pay $800 in restitution.

Soto said the department strives every day to make Clayton County a safer place to live.

“The Clayton County Police Department continues to show that we strive to make our county a better and safer place to live and work,” he said. “We take all crimes seriously and we’ll continue to work hard and let criminals know that, if you commit a crime in our county, we won’t rest until you do the time. You can run, but you can’t hide from Clayton County’s finest.”