Suspects who were charged in a Wednesday burglary threw marijuana along with stolen property from a car as they fled law enforcement officers during a brief chase through Moultrie, investigators said.
Investigators arrested two men about two hours after the break-in on Old Adel Road and a third person is being sought.
Milo Simpson, 20, 731-K Sumner Road, and Kainane Williams, 19, 23 N. Second Ave., were each charged with burglary. They also face charges related to the marijuana.
Simpson and Williams were arrested after a short chase of a Dodge Magnum that began near the intersection of Port Street and Third Avenue Southeast, the sheriff’s office said. From there officers followed the car down Fifth Avenue for about a mile before the driver stopped at a Moultrie Housing Authority development.
The third suspect fled on foot, sheriff’s Inv. David Corona said. Along the route officers found suspected marijuana, a jewelry box and class ring.
“Marijuana was thrown on the side of the road,” Corona said. “Some of the items were found on Simpson.”
When Simpson was searched, officers allegedly found a watch and bracelet taken from the residence of Brett Gay in the 5800 block of Old Adel Road, Corona said. They also found suspected marijuana on him.
Other property reported stolen included a Remington bolt action rifle, cameras and a gold wedding band.
Law enforcement was alerted to the Dodge by a witness who saw a Magnum with large chrome wheels speed away from Gay’s residence at about 1 p.m., sheriff’s reports said. He followed the car into Moultrie before losing sight of it.
Officers spotted a car matching the description given by the witness at about 3 p.m.
In separate arrests, Jacquez Hardy, 18, 278 S. Railroad St., Norman Park, and Zayvone Tyshawn Brown, 18, 128 Funston-Sale City Road, Funston, were each charged Wednesday with burglary. Hardy also was charged with probation violation.
They were identified from a recorded pawn shop video in which four people were shown with the televisions, sheriff’s Inv. Jim Sellers said.
The television sold at the shop was one of two reported stolen on April from a residence on 30th Avenue Northwest. The store did not purchase the second television because it had a broken base.
The first tip in the case came when the mother of the victim called Buddy’s Home Furnishings to request the serial numbers of the televisions, which had been purchased there, Sellers said.
“The employee remembered someone from Pawn Depot had just called to check on those same two TVs,” he said. “We were kind of fortunate the clerk at Buddy’s let Pawn Depot know and let us get on top of everything.”