Four males, including a 15-year-old, were arrested after they allegedly tried to steal scrap metal Tuesday morning.

Earnest Calvin Durham, 17, and Dontavis Raynard Avery, 17, both of 1330 Highway 319 N., Lot 47, and Donnell Bernard Williams, 23, of 1330 Highway 319 N., Lot 17, and the 15-year-old boy, were each charged with  theft by taking.

A Moultrie police officer was called to a vacant lot on First Avenue Northeast at 10:41 a.m. Tuesday about a group of males loading items into an SUV. The officer spoke with three of them, and Williams stated a Reddick Johnson hired them to clean up the lot after they saw him loading fire hydrants.

Williams told the officer they stopped and told Johnson they were looking for work, and he told them they could have the fire hydrants and metal pipes in the lot to sell for scrap. He also stated they told Johnson they would cut the grass, but the officer could not find a lawn mower anywhere on the lot.

A second officer arrived at the scene, and a search of their Mercury Mountaineer was full of old fire hydrants and metal pipes. The 15-year-old male was also inside the SUV, and the interior appeared to have been damaged by the items being quickly thrown into the rear of it.

A city employee came to the scene and told the officers the hydrants and pipes belonged to the City of Moultrie. He did not know an exact value of the items but stated they were valued at over $500.

An investigator arrived at the scene, and Durham asked the officer to speak with him privately because he did not want his brother to get in trouble. He then told the officer he had never heard the name Reddick Johnson before and they were driving by and saw all the scrap metal and decided to get it. They had seen an unknown white male getting items from the lot Monday.

All four males were placed under arrest, and the juvenile was taken to the Moultrie Police Department while Williams, Avery and Durham were taken to Colquitt County Jail. The hydrants and pipes were returned to the city, and the Mountaineer was towed from the vacant lot.


Moultrie Police

• Leticia Martinez Ledesma, 29, of 1421 Overlook Drive, was charged Tuesday with theft by taking.

• Ernest James Jones, 53, of 207 First Ave. S.W., was charged Wednesday with theft by shoplifting. He allegedly tried to steal various items, valued at $200, from Wal-Mart on South Veterans Parkway.

Other Incidents:

Moultrie Police

• An employee at the Department of Family and Children’s Services on North Main Street reported someone cut all four tires on a Dodge vehicle and a Hyundai vehicle rented to the agency between 11 p.m. Monday and 8:51 a.m. Tuesday. Damage was about $800.

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office

• Ben Summerlin, of Indian Lake Drive, reported a bulldog attacked his daschund, and he injured his left leg and two fingers trying to pull the dogs apart between 8 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. Tuesday.

• Devota Williams reported a thief stole a Dell computer, two computer towers and 500 computer games from a storage unit on Bonnie Tuk Road between 11 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The value of the stolen items was $800.

• Kay Keller, of Highway 33 North, reported a thief stole an LG television, two Hewlett-Packard laptop computers, a Sony PlayStation 3, a Nintendo Wii, a Vizio 32-inch television and $1,000 cash between 4:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The value of the stolen items was $3,560.

• An employee with the Georgia Department of Transportation reported a thief stole a container with herbicide inside off a truck at its building on County Farm Road between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday. The value of the stolen items was $225.

• An employee at A&J Auto Repair on Highway 202 in Hartsfield reported someone shot a window between 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Monday.

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