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December 14, 2012

Taxi cab driver robbed


A “strong armed robbery” that took place in the early morning hours of 12-12-12, has a taxi cab driver $286 poorer.

The alleged crime happened at about 4:45 a.m. and the taxi driver, Troy Allen Billings, 37, told SCSO officers that he had received a call from a restricted number from someone requesting a ride from the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center fairgrounds. The fairgrounds facilities were closed, but the gates remain open. Billings, who drives for City Taxi, went south of the city to pick up his fare and that’s when things really went south.

When Billings arrived at the fairgrounds, the suspect, who is described as light skin Hispanic and Native American mix with a snake tattoo on his neck, 25 to 35 years old, 5’9” to 5’-10” inches tall, approached the driver’s side of the cab to ask a question.

According to information received from Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was wearing ‘big pocketed blue jeans and a dark-colored hoodie and had asked Billings about rates.

“When Billings turned his head, suspect punched Billings in the left side of the face, opened the door, and took Billings’ wallet from his shirt pocket.”

The suspect then allegedly grabbed Billings’ phone and threw it to prevent him from calling for help.

“The victim stated he had just counted his money and that his wallet contained exactly $286 cash.”

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