Sheriff: Suspects made several trips to steal $46k worth of property

Sheriff: Suspects made several trips to steal $46k worth of property
15 golf carts, two tractors, and a gooseneck trailer were all stolen in Worth County Saturday.

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - A second suspect was arrested Wednesday in Worth County in connection to the $46,000 worth of property was stolen.

But the big question everyone wants to know is, how were the suspects able to steal all that property.

We asked the interim sheriff about this, and he said the suspects made a lot of trips.

How do you manage to steal 15 golf carts, two tractors, and a gooseneck trailer?

“For someone that wants to take and sell, there was just a lot there and he made several trips to a scrap yard to sell it,” said interim sheriff Don Whitaker.

Worth County Deputies have two suspects in custody in connection to a theft where $46,000 worth of property was stolen. (Source: WALB)
Worth County Deputies have two suspects in custody in connection to a theft where $46,000 worth of property was stolen. (Source: WALB)

For what it’s worth, that’s $46,000 to be exact, Whitaker said the suspects knew what they were doing.

But how much could a suspect make from the stolen property?

“Some of the stuff that was taken was scrap metal and I think they are getting five cents a pound for this stuff when you take it to a scrap yard to sell,” said Whitaker.

Deputies arrested Jonathan Barton Monday and Joseph Ouellet on Wednesday

Both were charged with counts of felony theft by taking.

Leads on Barton came from an anonymous source who was looking to buy the trailer, but thought it was suspicious, so he called the authorities.

The tractors, gooseneck trailers, and golf carts have been returned, but deputies are keeping track of what all was sold and when.

“Some of this theft with the gooseneck and golf carts has been an ongoing thing. It was just discovered and there still probably items that have to be identified,” Whitaker said.

He said they haven’t determined the amount of metal that was sold.

That information can help with the prosecution of the suspects.

“I think their idea with the golf carts was to kind of refurbish them to a point that they would be attractive for somebody to buy. Not really put them in new condition but maybe batteries and clean them up,” said Whitaker.

If you have any information on these break-ins you are encouraged to call the Worth County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple break-ins reported Saturday

A weekend of thefts and break-ins swarmed Worth County.

Though arrests were made in some of the cases, Worth County Sheriff’s officials are asking for your help in getting all the cases solved.

Whitaker said they do have suspects but haven’t made any arrest in the three breaks-ins that happened Saturday night.

The first break-in happened at Worth County Middle School.

Whitaker said there were several pieces of broken glass, windows and doors, but they don’t know if anything was stolen.

This is on the west side of town, and the sheriff didn’t specify on any damages or stolen items at this location, but did confirm a break-in.

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