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March 24, 2014

Burglary, gunfire reported over the weekend

Tifton man, 22, arrested for wire burglary

TIFTON — Local law enforcement responded to a burglary of copper wire and several shootings over the weekend.

According to an incident report filed at the Tift County Sheriff’s Office, a man reported Saturday that he had a suspect on camera who had been stealing copper wire valued at $500 from a location in the 100 block of Access Road in Chula. The report states the offender, 22-year-old Andrew David Mobley of Tifton, was located and arrested for burglary in the second degree. The complainant had also reported earlier on Thursday and March 16 that several items and wire had been taken from the property.

In another matter, a 40-year-old woman who lives in the 1000 block of Ferry Lake Road reported Saturday night that there were some shots fired in the area and some of them entered her residence. One of the shots hit her north living room wall and a second one hit an adjacent living room wall, leaving bullet holes.

Minutes later, another officer reported that he received a call to the hospital to make contact with a gunshot victim who was riding his bicycle on Pineview Avenue and was shot in the right shoulder by an offender in a passing vehicle. The 17-year-old victim said a vehicle stopped and he could see someone shooting at him from the rear area of the vehicle. One of the shots hit him in the right shoulder, also hitting the walls of the 40-year-old woman’s residence.

The victim further reported that the vehicle was a gray car, possibly a Pontiac. He explained that the car had passed him traveling north on Pineview Avenue, but he really didn’t pay attention to the vehicle as it passed. The car stopped at the stop sign at 12th Street and Pineview Avenue. At that time, he heard a gunshot. He looked at the car and heard more shots and saw the muzzle flash coming from the rear area of the vehicle.

After being shot in the shoulder, he jumped off of his bike and ran toward his grandmother’s residence. He jumped the fence and hid until the vehicle left the area. The car turned east on 12th Street and left the area. The victim told his step-grandfather that he had been shot and was then taken to the hospital.

The report states that the victim did have a gunshot wound to his right shoulder, however, there was no exit wound. Ten spent shell casings were located at the scene of the incident, as well as the victim’s bicycle.

Also, officers responded to the area of Pickard Avenue and Dees Apartments in reference to shots being fired. Officer Bryan Rhodes reported that while en route to the call, he and other officers were notified of the suspect’s vehicle being a tan Nissan car. The suspect was described as being a black male with dreads, wearing a black shirt.

Rhodes reported that upon their arrival to the scene, they spotted the car and the driver matching the description traveling north on Central Avenue at 17th Street. At this time, they followed the vehicle and caught up with it at Old Omega Road and 17th Street. They attempted to get up closer to the vehicle to get the tag number, which came back to an address on Shanna Drive.

Rhodes reported that he activated his blue lights to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and it refused to stop. He said they followed the vehicle out to Wilson Avenue and South Central Avenue, where the vehicle began to drive reckless. At this time, Rhodes switched off his lights and told dispatch that he was canceling the traffic stop. He rode the area to see if he could find the vehicle parked anywhere, and found it at the city’s apartments at the corner of Second Avenue and Short Street. The vehicle was still running with the keys in it. Also, inside the vehicle was a mixed alcoholic drink in a cup.

Rhodes said the vehicle was towed, and while on the scene, the owner of the car showed up and attempted to report it stolen.  However, officers later found out that her nephew had borrowed the vehicle the night before.

In other unrelated cases:

• A man reported Friday night that he heard several gunshots at the end of the street in the area of Brookvale Drive and Hillside Drive. He said it sounded like some subjects were shooting at the street sign. He said he yelled at them to stop shooting. He saw three black males run into the woods toward Cox Street. Officer William Germaine reported that when he checked the area, he noticed five holes on the street sign on Hillside Drive. No shell casings were located.

• A man reported Sunday that he was traveling south on Central Avenue when he saw a tall, skinny, black male running between two houses. As the subject was running, he heard a loud knock hit the side of his vehicle on the driver’s side passenger’s door. The report states that at the time of this incident, there was a call to E-911 about shots being fired in the area. The dent in the side of the vehicle appeared to be from a gunshot.

• Someone reported early Saturday morning that shots were fired at a local hangout located in the 2900 block of Hill Avenue. Upon deputies’ arrival, several people were spotted running from the scene. A male victim reported that he was beat up and the offenders stole some money from him. While in the area investigating, contact was made with another person who was found to have suspected marijuana in his possession. The individual was arrested and taken to jail. The report states that 26-year-old Donnie Lee Woods Jr. of Tifton was charged with possession of marijuana (less than one ounce).

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.


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