MOULTRIE -- Police have charged two Moultrians, one of whom was arrested in a high-speed car chase this past weekend, with the burglary of the Car Store on Industrial Drive.

Jason Baird, 17, 1522 Funston-Sale City Road, Funston, and Larry Wayne Poole, 22, 338-A Tommy Meredith Road, were already incarcerated when authorities filed the charges. Baird is charged with two counts of burglary, theft by taking, carrying a concealed weapon and criminal trespassing. Poole is charged with burglary for the incident, but is also charged with failure to stop for a stop sign, eluding officers, weaving and running a red light after leading city and county authorities on a high-speed chase weaving in and out of Moultrie city limits.

On Saturday, the manager of the Car Store, told police that someone punched out the front door window of the business and opened the door. Items stolen were two air ratchets, an impact wrench, 100 car keys, 50 car titles, six pairs of jeans, 50 compact discs, two CD players, one CD disc changer and four battery jump boxes. The total value of the stolen items is $6,305.

Sgt. Roger Lindsey, Moultrie Police Department's chief investigator, said many items that were reported stolen from the Car Store were found at Poole's father's residence.

Police spotted Baird walking on Hillcrest Avenue Monday and he took off running when officers approached, sheriff's reports said. He was wanted for warrants unrelated to the Car Store burglary. A .22-caliber semiautomatic gun fell on the road when he fled, reports said.

Other arrests

Casey Bonner, 22, 1750 Fourth St. S.E., was charged Monday with simple battery-family violence.

Teresa Burks, 28, 275 16th St. S.W., was charged Tuesday with violating probation.

Miguel Hernandez, 1817 Third St. S.E., was charged Saturday with hit and run, DUI and reckless driving.

Daniel Williamson, 37, 301 W. Bay St., was charged Monday with violating probation.


Ronnie Bryant, of Country Circle, reported Monday that the tail gate on his truck, a trailer hitch and the center-wheel caps were stolen off his pickup, sheriff's reports said.

Ann Rainey, of Moultrie, reported Tuesday that two men snatched her purse out of her car while she was stopped on the 900 block of Sixth Street Southeast, police reports said. Rainey told police that one of the men opened the passenger door of her car and grabbed the purse, at which point she sped off, reports said.

Lashonda Edwards, of Seventh Avenue Southwest, reported Monday that someone broke the driver's side window of her car and put two dents on the door frame, police reports said.

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