Ronald McDonald House director says she’s latest victim of ‘office creeper’

Telegraph staffMarch 29, 2013 

A man dubbed the “office creeper” after allegedly entering multiple businesses under false pretenses and stealing wallets is making his rounds through Middle Georgia.

Bonnie Hopkins, director of Macon’s Ronald McDonald House, appears to be his latest victim.

She met a man on the porch of the charity’s house on Forsyth Street just after 10 a.m. Friday. He was writing on a piece of paper, but walked up behind her as she opened the door with her key card, Hopkins said.

She asked if he was visiting a family and he said yes. The charity provides housing for families of children receiving medical treatment at area facilities.

Once inside, Hopkins placed her purse on a counter and asked the man who he was visiting. The name he gave wasn’t on the charity’s list. The man said he’d previously talked with another employee and pointed her out.

Hopkins said she went to the bathroom, leaving the man to check with the other employee.

Later, she reached into her purse to get her wallet.

It was missing.

“My first thought was that I’d had breakfast at Waffle House” and left it there, she said.

After checking with the restaurant, her wallet was still missing.

She checked her car.

No wallet.

Hopkins said wrote a Facebook post, making light of the situation, saying she would need a new driver’s license.

That’s when friends alerted her to the “office creeper,” who has recently been suspected of similar crimes in Cordele, Dooly County, Perry and Byron.

Looking at a mug shot for the accused creeper, Anthony Hornsby, she said, “It’s him.”

Nearly two hours after her encounter with Hornsby, Hopkins spotted him on the Ronald McDonald House’s surveillance video with what looked like her wallet in his hand.

An employee of Lamb and Braswell LLC, an Arkwright Road accounting firm, confirmed the “office creeper” had struck there Thursday.

Henry County authorities put out the original call identifying Hornsby, said Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes.

He is wanted on multiple warrants related the theft, Dykes said.

Wednesday, a man entered Landmark Realty in Perry on the claim that he was there to check air conditioning filters. While there, he took wallets from two women, Dykes said.

One wallet was nabbed from Source Care Management, also in Perry. The man also went to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, but left after people started asking questions, Dykes said.

The man is believed to be traveling along the interstate.

Macon police say the man who took Hopkins’ wallet was a black man, described as weighing more than 300 pounds, who was last seen wearing a dark shirt under a light T-shirt or vest. He was wearing white shoes.

Anyone with information about these incidents or who thinks he or she has come in contact with Hornsby is asked to contact their local police department.

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