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October 17, 2011

7 charged in metal thefts

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office made seven arrests Thursday in three scrap metal thefts, a crime that has been on the increase recently, a department spokesman said.

Officers made arrests in one case when a passerby noticed a trailer allegedly being loaded with stolen loot, and in another when a victim notified scrap dealers of his stolen property and the dealer recognized those items when they were brought in.

“That’s a trend we’ve seen -- we’re definitely seeing an increase in metal thefts lately,” said Sgt. Shawn Bostick, an investigator with the sheriff’s office.

Feeding a drug addiction could be part of the reason, but does not account for all of the increase, he said.

“I think you can attribute it a lot to substance abuse and drugs and the economy in general,” Bostick said. “Two (of those arrested) indicated the theft was to pay a utility bill that was past due.”

At about noon Thursday, a witness saw three men loading a trailer with old copiers and a refrigerator at a former wildlife sanctuary just outside Moultrie on Old Doerun Road, sheriff’s investigator David Corona said. The witness followed their vehicle and a deputy stopped them on Anderson Drive.

Arrested and charged with burglary were Eytwain Tyke Corbin, 26, Jeremy Jujuan Robinson, 17, 491 Big Bear Blvd., Norman Park, and Nicholas Cornell West, 270 Magnolia Ave.

Curtis Wayne Flick Jr., 26, 1330 U.S. Hwy. 319 North Lot 7, Norman Park, and Johnny Ray Walker, 23, 1271 Bob Taylor Road, also were arrested Thursday and charged with theft by receiving.

They are accused of stealing batteries from a county residence earlier in the week.

“The victim had already gone by Recycling King and told them what was missing,” sheriff’s investigator Shannon Hart said. “They recognized them by the description he had given. A deputy arrested them at Recycling King.”

In the third case, Cynthia Ann Day, 43, 1896 Sardis Church Road, and Brandi Deanna Edwards, 33, 824-B Seventh St. N.W., were each charged Thursday with burglary and two counts of theft by taking.

Edwards, who is accused of selling the items by claiming that she was the rightful owner, also faces an additional charge of theft by deception, Bostick said.

They were arrested after some recently reported stolen items were identified after being sold to a metal dealer, he said.


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