Police Chief Scott Worsley, Colquitt Police Department
Investigators from multiple southwest Georgia law enforcement agencies worked together to track down four men accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of farm chemicals in two states.
An electronic tracking device and quick action of one Southwest Georgia Sheriff nabbed these four suspected crooks. This Chevrolet Truck and Crown victoria remain impounded at the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office.
Police believe these are the cars Alton Gray, James Mills, Travis Williams, and Michael Johnson used to steal expensive chemicals from warehouses and Ag businesses in seven Southwest Georgia Counties and Henry County Alabama for two years.
"We had found that we had similar cell phone numbers during the exact times of the burglaries and narrowed it down to these suspects," said Colquitt Police Chief Scott Worsely. Colquitt Police and the sheriff's offices in Miller, Early, and Mitchell Counties investigated the case since August.
The Meherrin Ag warehouse in Miller County was hit three times within the last year. Investigators say the thieves would target Ag businesses around 3:00 AM using a nut driver to remove screws from the building to get inside.
After reviewing surveillance footage, investigators with the Miller and Early County Sheriff's Office and Colquitt Police Department put an electronic tracking device on Alton Gray's truck. Early County Chief Investigator, Will Caudill, was responsible for monitoring the device. It was tracked to a burglary at a chemical warehouse in Mitchell County. Just after that crime, officers with the Mitchell, Calhoun and Baker County Sheriff's Office arrested the suspects on the Georgia Highway 37 bridge at the Mitchell County-baker County Line last Friday night. "Every time that vehicle left from one county to another we notified the sheriff and that way he needed to be on the lookout for this vehicle," Worsley said.
The four men are charged with multiple theft and burglary charges in Miller and Mitchell Counties with charges pending in other counties.
Investigators believe Michael Johnson was only involved in the two Mitchell County thefts. Investigators are asking the public to help them find the people who bought the stolen chemicals. If you have any information you are asked to call the Miller County Sheriff's Office at 229-758-3421 or the Colquitt Police Department at 229-758-1006.