MOULTRIE — Two employees of a fast food restaurant were arrested Tuesday related to an alleged theft.

Tony Ray Vazquez, 17, of 164 Tallokas Circle, was charged with theft by taking. Delilah I. Colbert, 23, of 408 10th Ave. S.E., was charged with obstruction.

A Moultrie police officer was called to Sonic on First Avenue Southeast at 8:06 p.m. Tuesday about a possible theft. The officer met with the manager on duty, who stated two former employees were allowed to come inside the drive-thru restaurant to use the restroom.

When the manager went to count a drawer inside a safe after doing an errand, she stated she found the drawer was empty. She asked one of the former employees to come back and asked him about the money, but he stated he did not know anything about it.

After the officer arrived, another store manager, Colbert, contacted the manager and allegedly told her to tell the officer the whole incident was a scam. Colbert allegedly stated she would get the money back to the restaurant, but she allegedly told the manager not to give the officer her name or the two former employees’ names.

The officer spoke with the restaurant’s general manager about the incident, and he stated there was no such scam. A second officer arrived at the scene and told Colbert to come to the restaurant while fingerprints were to be taken from the safe.

When Colbert arrived, she allegedly stated she did not know anything about the alleged theft but was told one of her relatives and an acquaintance were being blamed. She allegedly stated she told the manager to lie to the officer to keep them from getting in trouble. She also told the officer her relative allegedly had the money but had been given it from another, unknown employee, police said.

The manager told the officers she had another employee, Vasquez, who allegedly had access to the restaurant’s security codes and alarm codes. He initially denied being involved, but he then allegedly stated he had opened the safe for the former employees, who allegedly stole all the $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills in the safe and fled the scene.

Vasquez and Colbert were then placed under arrest and were taken to Colquitt County Jail.



Arrests

Moultrie Police

• Genie Aldridge, 26, of 981 Annie McGee Road, was charged Tuesday with driving with a suspended license.

• Pedro Fernando Ramirez, 24, of 111 11th St. S.W., was charged Tuesday with driving without a license and two counts of a child restraint violation.

• Latoya Denise Walker, 22, of 543 27th St. S.E., Apt. 7, was charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct (third offense), public drunkenness and probation violation.

• Lakeshia Lashawn Davis, 17, of 804 Fourth Ave. N.W., Apt. C, was charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct.



Colquitt County S.O.

• Everardo Rodriguez Cardenas, 22, of Regency Village Drive, Lot 34, was charged Monday with DUI, driving without a license and driving on the wrong side of a roadway.

• Jose Bautista, 28, of 600 Tree Farm Road, was charged Tuesday with DUI, an open container violation and speeding.

• Tomika Edwards, 31, of 1121 14th St. S.E., was charged Tuesday with financial identity fraud and financial transaction card fraud.

• Jennifer Renee Parrish, 33, of 162 Gunn Road in Sumner, was charged Tuesday with deposit account fraud.



Other Incidents

Moultrie Police

• An employee at Colquitt County High School on Park Avenue reported a thief broke into a Pepsi Cola drink machine and a snack machine and stole an unknown amount of cash between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 8:47 a.m. Tuesday. Damage was estimated at about $500.

• Ricky Edge reported a female acquaintance threw a brick at him while there were on Seventh Street Southwest. Edge had a scratch from his left arm.

• Shontai Evans reported a male acquaintance stole her paycheck while they were at a house on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Tuesday. The amount of the stolen paycheck was $130.50.

• Shantara Jordan reported someone keyed the driver’s side of her Nissan Maxima while it was parked at Sanderson Farms on Highway 133 South between 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Damage was estimated at about $400. Jordan gave officers the name of a female suspect.



Colquitt County S.O.

• Darryl Proffitt, of Circle Road, reported a thief tore down a dog pen and stole a bulldog puppy between 4:30 p.m. Monday and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The value of the stolen puppy was $250.

• Tasha Espinoza reported a juvenile boy shot her 12-year-old son in the left index finger while they were shooting at targets on Hopewell Church Road Monday.

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