Suspected Worth manhunt culprit identified

Suspected Worth manhunt culprit identified
This is the stolen car that prompted a massive manhunt
This is the stolen car that prompted a massive manhunt

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - The man who eluded a massive dragnet in northern Worth County near Warwick last month is believed to be Christopher Ford.

Worth County Sheriff's Deputies, Warwick Police, Georgia State Patrol, were among the half dozen agencies looking for the person who ran off during a traffic stop, which police think was Ford.

Warwick police chief Dustin Stephenson says Warwick Police were attempting to pull the car over after the tag came back as stolen, when the driver got out and ran into the woods on Georgia Highway 300 south of Warwick.

Ford is behind bars in Crisp County, where police believe that he is responsible for a rash of breakins and car thefts in and around Cordele.

Cordele Police detectives say one of the crimes occurred next to Flint River Food Mart in 900 Block of East 16th Avenue on October 15, were Ronnie Smith was the victim.

Another was at the Pilot truck stop on East 16th Avenue, were Thomas Henderson was the victim.

On October 22, Christopher Ford was arrested in reference to these cases.

Ford was charged in another case were a vehicle was entered and items were taken from the vehicle.

Chief Stephenson says Warwick PD will not be bringing any charges against Ford for the chase, because they do not have any evidence Ford was driving the stolen car.

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