ALBANY — Armed with a .410 shotgun and a knife 70-year-old William “Buster” Jones went to check on the noise he heard outside his home at about 9:12 p.m. Wednesday, stated a Dougherty County Police Department report.
Jones ran into two men with black ski masks and dressed all in black, said police Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick. Jones didn’t get off a shot outside his home on the 1500 block of Broach Avenue, the sergeant added.
Instead, Kirkpatrick said, the widely known advocate for the legalization of marijuana was beaten and had his less-than-an-ounce marijuana stash, his shotgun and his wallet stolen.
“One man held him down while the other beat him and went through his house. They also stole his smoking pipe and ashtray. We are investigating the robbery,” Kirkpatrick said, “We turned the drug matter over to the (Albany-Dougherty) Drug Unit.”
The drug agents plan to follow up in an attempt to find out who may have taken the marijuana, said the unit’s Maj. Bill Berry.
“We can’t do anything about Jones having that small amount of marijuana,” Berry said. “There is no evidence he had it. They stole the evidence.”
Police are looking for two men, both described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. Anyone with additional information should call investigations at (229) 430-6600 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.
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