Tifton Gazette


December 30, 2013

Armed robberies, burglaries muddy holiday week


The Christmas holiday week was a busy one for local law enforcement, which included armed robberies, burglaries and several other incidents in the Tifton area.

While at a residence on East Sixth Street, three Hispanic juveniles reported the night of Dec. 23 that they were robbed at gunpoint at Fulwood Park on North Tift Avenue, according to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department. One of the juveniles told police that they were walking in the park around 11:50 p.m. when three black males came out of the bushes and told them if they moved, they were going to “blast” them.

The juvenile reported that the offenders took his prepaid Samsung Galaxy S3 cell phone with the charger and a blue case. They also took $11 and $8 from the other two juveniles.

The offenders were described as having their faces covered and a hoodie over their heads. They were dressed in black, but one offender had on a camouflage jacket. Two of them had black guns. The report states that after the offenders took the juveniles belongings, they ran toward Eighth Street.

When asked by police why they didn’t call E-911 while at the park, the juveniles replied that they were too scared to call at that point and didn’t know what to do, so they waited until they were at the residence on East Sixth Street.

In another matter, a 39-year-old man reported Dec. 23 that he was sitting on the steps to his mobile home located on O’Quinn Road when a black male approached him. The subject, wearing a white skull cap, black jacket and black pants, pointed a black gun at him and demanded his wallet and money. The man reported that he didn’t have anything on him. The offender made him turn his pockets inside out.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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