Moultrie Observer

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April 7, 2010

Former employee suspected in tool theft

MOULTRIE — A man who reportedly stole tools from a former employer and pawned them faces charges in the Tuesday theft, Colquitt County sheriff’s reports said.

Kenneth Freeman, 1100 block Baypole School Road, who is overseeing property in the 4400 block of Georgia Highway 111, reported that when he investigated a van parked at the property he found two men, one of whom is the former employee. Freeman saw a backpack sprayer and air tank inside the van, sheriff’s reports said.

The former employee said that he had the permission of property owner Franklin Powers of the 800 block of North Madison Street, Thomasville. Freeman got Powers on the phone with the man, who gave a false name.

After the conversation they left and Powers, driving from Thomasville, made contact with the former employee, sheriff’s reports said. Powers later learned that the former employee tried to pawn the stolen tools and sold them to a woman in the parking lot of the pawn shop for $50.

In addition to the sprayer and air tank, hand tools also were missing, sheriff’s reports said.

Charges had not been filed Wednesday afternoon.

In other thefts:

• Charles Epps, 500 block Tree Farm Road, reported Tuesday the theft of a 26-inch mountain bike.

• James Willis II, 3200 block Sylvester Driver, reported Tuesday the theft of a Ruger .45-caliber pistol.

Willis told the officer that when he returned home and entered his garage one or more persons left through the front door. When he went inside he found a room ransacked and the pistol missing.

• Patty Thompson, 1400 block 10th Street Southeast, reported Tuesday that a female acquaintance took her Dodge Caravan van without her permission during the night. The woman left a note that said she had taken the vehicle.

• David Powell, 6300 block Georgia Highway 33 North, Doerun, reported Tuesday the theft of a Cuban necklace, nugget diamond cluster ring and a diamond sapphire ring.

• Marvin Fish, Quail Bridge Road, reported Tuesday the theft of a Wii game console from a relative’s residence in the 100 block of Shady Grove Road.

• Katie Joyner, 900 block 12th Avenue Southeast, reported Tuesday the theft of a Craftsman riding lawnmower.

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