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Arrests made in metal, gun thefts

TRAVIS MALONE

TRAVIS MALONE

ALBANY, Ga. — Arrests have been made in connection to a metal theft, while one suspect is still at large in connection with a gun theft, officials with the Dougherty County Police Department say.

The gun theft is reported to have taken place on the 4500 block of La Costa Drive on Jan. 15. One of two suspects, Travis Malone, has been arrested in connection with the case, said Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick, a detective with the DCPD, on Thursday.

Several tips that came into the DCPD ultimately led to Malone’s arrest. The other suspect, David Arrington, was still at large as of Thursday afternoon, Kirkpatrick said.

Arrington reportedly broke into the house and stole the guns before selling them to Malone, Kirkpatrick said. Malone is facing charges of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, while Arrington will face charges of burglary in the first degree, theft by taking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Two firearms, a .223 caliber rifle and .243 caliber rifle, have been recovered. There are still six rifles and more than 100 silver dollar coins missing in connection to the incident, Kirkpatrick said.

Arrington was last seen driving a 1984 black Chevrolet Camaro with Georgia license plate PGK 2061. He has been known to frequent the 2700 block of Michael Road and the Superior Creek Lodge on North Slappey Boulevard, Kirkpatrick said.

Those with information on Arrington’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact the DCPD at (229) 430-6600, or Albany CrimeStoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477).

Kirkpatrick also said Thursday that an investigation into a metal theft that began on Jan. 14 has resulted in the arrests of Nicholas Laramore and Jimmie Jones, both employees of W.W. Williams Logistics on Clark Avenue.

Laramore had reportedly stolen 84 ground copper straps. The missing materials prompted the employer’s plant manager to contact Blaze Recycling, which had a large amount of copper straps and aluminum transmission adapters there, Kirkpatrick said.

Further investigation into the incident revealed that Jones had being selling the straps to them over the last few months. Meanwhile, Laramore had been selling some of the materials to Schnitzer Southeast on East Gordon Avenue, Kirkpatrick said.

The stolen materials had a combined value of $19,000. Laramore and Jones each face two counts of theft by taking and theft by deception, Kirkpatrick said.