Tifton Gazette


October 1, 2012

Three burglary arrests made

TIFTON — Local law enforcement agencies had a busy weekend responding to several incidents, which included officers making three burglary arrests.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, two men were arrested Friday after someone in the 500 block of Poplar Street reported that two subjects were knocking on her front and rear door.

The subjects were sitting on the woman’s porch prior to officer Jason York’s arrival to the scene. They were questioned and searched, the report states.

A gun and other stolen items were found on one of the subjects. It was later determined that the firearm was stolen from a vehicle located in the 2000 block of O’Neal Avenue. Items were also recovered from the other subject. All items were relinquished to investigations for further follow-up.

The report states that Contravis Demond West, 18, 113 Alder St., was charged with second degree burglary (entering auto); and Brandon Lee Sutton, 20, 313 Maple St., was charged with second degree burglary (entering auto), giving a false name, address or birth date to a law enforcement officer and also, a probation violation.

In another matter, a woman who lives in the 300 block of Old Omega Road reported Friday that a man came into her  residence while she was outside visiting neighbors. She told police that once inside, the subject hid in her bedroom closet. She reported that she was surprised by the man and ran out of the residence while dialing E-911 and being chased by the subject.

The woman stated that the man also threatened to kill her once he caught her. She told police that she was able to make it towards some nearby neighbors who were outside. The report states that this scared the offender off.

The woman told police that she has been broken up with the offender for over two months, and ever since the breakup, he has been stalking her. She stated that this led to a restraining order being recently issued against the offender.

Officer Scott Bowers verified the order and reported that while making the report, the offender contacted the woman.

Michael Jerome Davis, 46, 608 Timmons Drive, was arrested Saturday and charged with first degree burglary and aggravated stalking.

In other unrelated cases:

• A man reported Friday that while in the 400 block of Love Avenue, someone broke into his vehicle. He told police that he left his vehicle in the parking lot of First Baptist Church and when he returned, he discovered that the rear, driver side window was broken and two book bags containing several items and a golf bag with a set of golf clubs were missing from the vehicle. The report states that the two book bags were located in a dumpster near the north side of the church (near Sixth Street).

• A woman reported last Tuesday that her light blue 1998 Ford Mustang was stolen after she let her brother-in-law borrow it. The brother-in-law told police that the vehicle was stolen from the Dollar Tree parking lot on South Virginia Avenue. In a similar report, a woman driving the alleged stolen vehicle was stopped on Fletcher Road by officers with the Tift County Sheriff’s Office. Officers with the TPD were also on scene. The woman told police at the TPD that she purchased the vehicle for $1,000 in cash from someone who claimed to be the woman who had reported the vehicle missing. The woman reported that the subject was a white female and she had spiral, curly two-toned color hair, was medium build and was about 5’5” in height.

• A man reported Friday that a black male approximately 25 to 30 years of age and wearing gray or black pants, a black shirt with an emblem on the left chest and a short hair cut was seen knocking on the front door of a residence in the 1800 block of Tyson Avenue. He told police that the subject appeared to put on gloves and then pushed against the door with force. The homeowner reported that when she arrived home, she didn’t realize that anything was missing. However, she then noticed that her sons’ money containers were empty and her camera had been removed from its bag. A class ring was also missing.

• A woman who lives in the 600 block of 12th Street reported Friday that someone entered her vehicle in her driveway and removed her digital camera. The vehicle was left unlocked.

• A man who lives in the 700 block of Ty Ty Sparks Road reported Friday that someone stole $800 worth of metal from his property.

To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.


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