A Tifton man was recently arrested after he was caught burglarizing a local business.
According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Joyce Clark reported early Friday morning that she was sent to First Choice Title on West Seventh Street in reference to an alarm. Upon arriving to the business, she saw the front glass door was shattered. Another officer, Freddy Amaya, said he was in the area at the rear of the business and saw a white male in a gray shirt attempting to leave on foot. Other units arrived and searched for the subject.
Amaya made contact with the male who was lying in some hedges of a nearby church. He reported that when first responding to the alarm call, he saw a white male wearing a gray pullover hoodie and jeans walking from behind the First Choice Title building. The subject then ran along a fence line, heading down South Ridge. When he got to the church, he hid along the tree line and bushes, Amaya reported.
He had the subject at gunpoint, giving him verbal commands to come out and get on the ground. The subject came out from behind the trees and laid down on the ground.
The offender, Robert Franklin Fountain, 45, of Tifton, was arrested and charged with burglary in the second degree.
Cash was reported missing from First Choice Title. Fountain was found to be in possession of $81 and a crack pipe. His hands displayed cuts, which were bleeding.
Clark reported video surveillance footage showed Fountain forcibly entering the business using a steel rod. He also attempted to break into a safe located inside the business. Severe damage was noted on the front of the safe.
In other unrelated cases:
• Alcohol was found on some students at Tift County High School Northeast Campus Friday morning. The report states some students reported three other students were possibly consuming alcohol on the school campus. The principal and assistant principal searched the subjects and found in their possession containers holding alcohol. The report states all three boys admitted to drinking a sip of the substances knowing it was possibly mixed with alcohol. The students were tested for alcohol by an officer, and all three registered 0.00. One of the students was turned over to the school for punishment due to no presence of alcohol and no possession. The other two students were arrested and charged with possession of alcohol under the age of 21. They were released to their parents.
Also, another Northeast Campus student was found to be in possession of a modified marker containing a half inch of brown paper and residue of marijuana Friday morning. Officer Torrie Adams reported the substance was not enough to test for marijuana, but based on her experience, training and knowledge, it appeared to be residue of marijuana. The report states the student admitted to the principal he would indeed test positive if tested for marijuana. Since it was not enough to make a case, Adams recommended testing by the parents at their expense and completing a stint at a drug treatment center before returning to school (at the discretion of the principal and board of education). The student was not charged and was released to his parents.
• A woman reported Feb. 5 from Tift Regional Medical Center that her juvenile son was attacked at Tift County High School. Her son told police he was assaulted in the band room. He said another student approached him and picked him up over his head and slammed him to the floor. At that time, the victim said he felt something pop in his left shoulder. The offender then rolled him over, straddled him and punched him numerous times in the head and face. He was stopped by another student. When the offender stopped punching, he kicked the victim in the chin with steel-toed boots. The victim said he head-butted the offender once to try to stop the altercation. Two students witnessed the incident. The victim approached the substitute teacher and reported the incident. He said she asked him what he wanted to do and he asked to call his mother. The mother was advised of procedures to take regarding the incident by police. The report states the offender is 15 years of age. At the time of the report, the victim could not move his left arm and he had numerous abrasions on his arms and chin.
• Officer Jacob Johnson reported Sunday that he was sent to Church’s Chicken on East Fifth Street in reference to an unwanted person. Upon arrival, the complainant said he had asked the subject to leave the establishment many times before police arrived over the course of three hours and the subject refused. Johnson and another officer made contact with the subject who was sitting in the corner of the restaurant. Police asked the subject where he lived. However, when the subject replied, the officers couldn’t understand him due to his gibberish. When he was told to leave the location, the subject again replied with gibberish and refused to leave. He then stood up from the table and threw a joint of marijuana on the table. The subject was arrested, and a second joint of marijuana was also found on him. Claude Burroughs, 52, of Tifton was charged with unwanted person on the property of another and possession of marijuana.
• A woman reported Feb. 6 that her boyfriend hit his nephew with a baseball bat during an altercation on Whiddon Street. The report states that Isiah Richardson, 50, of Tifton was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
• A woman who lives in the 200 block of Tifton-Eldorado Road reported Sunday that she heard gunshots early that morning. When she went outside later, she discovered that her residence had bullet holes in it.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.