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May 15, 2008

Albany - It's Monday morning, and Dougherty County Sheriff's warrant teams hit the road. They're out to take down fugitives.

"We get an average of anywhere from 25 to 100 warrants a day," says Capt. Craig Dodd.

It's a never-ending job. "It's virtually impossible to serve all of them on any given day," says Dodd.

They're looking for all types of criminals. "Armed robbery, aggravated assault, rapes, domestic violence in general, we prioritize and try to serve those warrants first."

The eight deputies on the warrant teams never know what awaits them. "It's extremely dangerous," Dodd says.

As we approach a house, the deputies fan out, and when all doors are covered, they knock.

"Sheriff's Office. Somebody come to the door now. Come on to the door."

But more often than not, no one comes to the door.

Once a month, they have a nighttime fugitive roundup. "We can hit things early in the morning and pick people up out of the bed," says Dodd.

But at 10 o'clock on this Monday morning, their knocks go unanswered.

Sometimes, when someone does come to the door, it's the wrong person. At a house on Andover Lane, a woman greets deputies at the door. Her grown son doesn't live there, but it's the address he gave his parole officer.

"Every time he gets in trouble we don't have any choice, ma'am. By law, we have to look for him here," Dodd tells the woman.

The fugitives try to stay one step ahead of deputies. "You don't see the light at the end of the tunnel," says Dodd.

The deputies' persistence is followed by frustration. "Come on to the door. We ain't going nowhere. Come to the door. Let's go. There too many cars here for somebody not to be home."

But then, some luck.  A tip from a citizen leads the warrant teams to 711 Cherry Street.

Deputies knock, the door opens, and they step inside. "Y'all put some shoes on over there. Don't move."

They've got their man. Thirty-one year old Donta Brown is brought out in handcuffs. A fugitive, wanted for hitting his girlfriend, is now on his way to jail.  All because a citizen turned him in.

"The public can help tremendously and they do. We get a lot of calls from people," says Dodd.

The proof comes moments later in another tip from a citizen.  Deputies head south to Short Street where 28-year-old Anthony Adkins is at work.

His work day is cut short and he gets a ride to jail, a fugitive in a battery domestic violence case. His arrest is one of only two that morning.  But there are thousands of fugitives on our streets, hiding out from the law.  WALB's Most Wanted features them.

"Whenever you put pictures up there it tends to get people to call," says Dodd. "We're gone. Let's go. C'mon, before she gets mad."

Calls that will pay off for the deputies who spend their time on the streets, trying to make fugitive takedowns.

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