APD: Tips lead to arrests

ALBANY -- Phillip Harris, 29, is in the Dougherty County Jail on probation violations charges and is facing multiple additional charges, including burglary and motor vehicle theft, stated an Albany Police Department report.

Tips on Harris from the community led to his questioning and arrest Tuesday, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

"The Albany Police Department's Burglary Unit would like to thank the citizens of Albany for all of their assistance with identifying the suspect captured on surveillance video," Banks said. "Detectives say tips came in immediately after the still photos were released to the media. As a result, two cases have been cleared by arrest and a Crime Stoppers tip reward will be recommended."

Harris' photo was captured at about 7:38 a.m. Oct. 18 in the Thrift Food Market at 2401 Brierwood Drive. The report added that the same day a 2011 Ford Explorer was stolen from Green Light Auto Sales at 708 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.

According to Banks, Harris was pulled over in Ashburn by police after they spotted the Ford Explorer Sunday. He was brought to the Dougherty County Jail after the traffic stop.

Harris faces charges of burglary and criminal damage in connection with the convenience store break in. In addition he faces burglary and motor vehicle theft charges for the theft of the Ford Explorer, Banks added.

In an unrelated case, Rickey B. Champion, 51, turned himself in Monday shortly after police issued a help locate report to the community.

Champion was wanted for making several unauthorized transactions at a local NAPA Auto Parts Store on his former employer's account.

Police continue to ask for information on Michael Shane Cox, 37, in connection with the theft of a white 1985 Ford van that was parked in the backyard at 1220 Augusta Drive.

Also, Lashuna D. Green is wanted for forgery and theft by receiving stolen property. According to police reports, Green cashed a stolen check at Jaxx Beer & Wine at 605 S. Slappey Blvd.

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288.


waltspecht 3 years, 11 months ago

Maybe, just maybe they shouldn't be acknowledging the fact that they are receiving tips. This can result in retaliation against folks only suspected of providing tips. It has happened in other places.


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