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February 12, 2014

Tifton man charged with burglary at local business

TIFTON —

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.

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