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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Serial Robber Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term

ATLANTA - Avery Frazier has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for a series of violent armed robberies of title loan stores in Rockdale County, and Cobb County, Georgia.

“Frazier repeatedly traumatized hard working people at gunpoint,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn. “He sowed fear throughout our communities, robbing multiple title loan stores over time.  Thankfully, a quick police response helped identify his vehicle and, ultimately, led to his arrest.”

“The FBI is proud of the role that it played in bringing Mr. Frazier forward for federal prosecution. The lengthy prison sentence in this case is reflective of the serious nature of the repeated violent robberies committed and the emotional victimization left in his wake,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.

“Frazier’s actions during these robberies were terrifying to his victims,” stated City of Conyers Chief of Police Gene Wilson.  “We appreciate how the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office took this case to its conclusion and this sentence will help keep the citizens safe for a long time to come.  Because this case was prosecuted in federal court, Frazier got the sentence he deserved.”

According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court:  Between 2013 and 2014, 34 robberies of title loan stores occurred in different areas of the metropolitan Atlanta area.  In each, the robber had a similar method of operation.  He would wear a mask, enter a title loan store brandishing a firearm at employees, and demand the business’s cash. He would then force employees to move to the rear of the store. Eventually, he started forcing the employees to remain in a bathroom or storage room until he left. The robber also threatened store employees by telling them at gunpoint that they must follow his directions or risk never seeing their families again.          

In early 2014, believing that the robberies were being committed by the same individual based on the method of operation and descriptions by witnesses, local law enforcement officers from several different Atlanta-metro police departments formed a task force and began working with the FBI to identify the robber.

On October 30, 2014, a local Conyers Police Department officer, who was responding to a call for assistance at a different location, captured Frazier’s license plate as Frazier fled the scene of a robbery at the Title Bucks store in Conyers, Georgia. After further investigation and information sharing among the FBI and local police departments, Frazier was identified as the suspect in the series of armed robberies. Conyers Police Department officers obtained a warrant for his arrest, and Frazier was arrested on that warrant on November 5, 2014.

On April 19, 2016, Frazier pled guilty to the following four armed commercial robberies:

  • February 17, 2014 - Frazier robbed the employees of the Georgia Auto Pawn in Conyers, Georgia, while brandishing a firearm.

  • May 20, 2014 - Frazier robbed the employees of a Title Max in Smyrna, Georgia, while brandishing a firearm.

  • October 7, 2014 - Frazier robbed the employees of a different Title Max in Smyrna, Georgia, while brandishing a firearm. He told these employees that they had to go into a back room of the store and stay in the room if they wanted to see their families again.

  • October 30, 2014 - Frazier robbed the employees of a Title Bucks in Conyers, Georgia, while brandishing a firearm. During the robbery, Frazier rounded up two employees and a customer who was present in the store at gunpoint. Brandishing the gun at them, he made them give him the day’s deposit of cash. He then ordered the three victims at gunpoint to go into a back room of the store and to wait ten minutes. He shut them in the room and left the store with the cash. It was in leaving this robbery that Frazier’s license plate was picked up by a local Conyers officer’s license plate reader.

The investigation revealed that during the time frame of the robberies, Frazier was a serious gambler at a casino in North Carolina, and he was making purchases of tens of thousands of dollars of casino chips in the weeks surrounding the robberies. Investigation further revealed that since Frazier was taken into custody in November 2014, there have been no further robberies of title loan stores in Atlanta that showed the same method of operation.

Avery Frazier, 49, of Douglasville, Georgia, was sentenced to 20 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and restitution of $14,218.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with special assistance from the Conyers Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, Sandy Springs Police Department, Clayton County Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, Atlanta Police Department, Marietta Police Department, Oakwood Police Department, Douglas Co. Sheriff’s Department, Dekalb County Police Department, Snellville Police Department, Gwinnett Police Department, and Newnan Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorneys Mary L. Webb and Angela Marie Munson prosecuted the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Topic: 
Violent Crimes
Updated July 1, 2016