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September 20, 2012

Tifton man arrested on burglary charges

TIFTON — A Tifton man was arrested Saturday for second-degree burglary and four counts of financial transaction card theft.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Terry McStott reported early Saturday morning that he observed a white male walking towards Tift Avenue carrying some items under his arms. He stated that as the subject noticed him sitting in his patrol car, he made a turn heading south and started walking towards 22nd Street.

McStott reported that the subject continued to look over his shoulder back at him. He stated that he drove past the subject and observed that he had several items in his arm. Therefore, he decided to stop the subject and asked for his identification, as well as where he was coming from and going due to reports of several automobile burglaries in the area.

The subject changed his story several times, McStott reported. He stated that the subject claimed that the items he was carrying belonged to him, and then he said they belonged to a friend. Other officers arrived at the scene and were briefed on the situation, the report states.

McStott reported that a patdown of the subject revealed that he had a wallet belonging to another man. The wallet contained several credit cards, a driver’s license, a key to a Nissan vehicle and a key to a Toyota vehicle. A further search revealed that he had other credit cards that belonged to a second man. Also, several cell phone power cords and $3.35 in loose change were removed from his pockets.

While the subject was being placed under arrest, an officer at the scene was informed by dispatch that someone had reported an automobile burglary. The person reporting the burglary was discovered to be one of the individuals the offender had allegedly stolen from. The report states that a laptop, iPad, wallet and power cords belonged to the man. McStott asked the man if he had loose change in his vehicle, which he replied that he did but he didn’t know exactly how much. The property was turned over to another officer for safekeeping.

The offender was informed that he was being charged with second-degree burglary, McStott reported. While he was being transported to the Tift County Law Enforcement Center, he complained of chest pain. The report states that the offender was taken to Tift Regional Medical Center for treatment, where he was uncooperative and combative. Several security staff had to assist in restraining him.

The report states that Michael David Carruth II, also known as Michael David Paulk, was charged with four counts of financial transaction card theft and second-degree burglary.

In another matter, an employee with the Waffle House on Second Street reported Tuesday night that two men wearing all dark clothes and bandanas over their faces tried to rob the restaurant with a handgun. She told police that the offenders left running north through the parking lot. She reported that she was unable to open the cash register, so the offenders did not get any money. The report states that the subjects were unable to be located in the area.

In other unrelated cases:

• Two men reported Tuesday that another man pointed a pistol at them at a residence on Sixth Street due to a dispute concerning an ex-girlfriend.

• A woman who lives in the 2700 block of Solomon Nixon Place reported Tuesday that someone set her daughter’s car on fire.

To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.

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