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Four jailed for cell phone theft

ALBANY — Dougherty County police have arrested four suspects in a brazen cell phone theft and are confident that they’ll find the one remaining suspect, police officials say.

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Jaboris Terrell Cato

The victims, two unidentified males, told police they were playing basketball at Robert Cross Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when they were approached by five males they “sort of” knew.

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Antonio Bernard Hicks

After a short conversation, the males were walking to their car when one of the ballplayers noticed his cell phone was missing from the bench where he had left it. A second man failed to locate his as well, victims told police.

Assuming the phones had been taken by the five males, the phone owners said they approached the group and demanded that their phones be returned. One of the suspects pulled a pistol from his pocket, they said.

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Tavares Lowe

“We’re from the West Side,” the gunman was quoted as saying. “We do this.”

According to Chad Kirkpatrick, detective with the Dougherty County Police Department, one of the stolen phones was an iPhone, which allowed police to track the movement of the suspects’ vehicle to the parking lot of Rite Aid Pharmacy, 300 S. Slappey Blvd., where three of the suspects “bailed” from the car and ran on foot. Two of the three were quickly apprehended, and that’s where the situation got really “interesting,” Kirkpatrick said.

Officials say an unidentified witness, driving a pickup truck, decided to help the officers apprehend the fifth suspect. According to Kirkpatrick, when the truck was pulled around to “head off” progress of the fugitive, the suspect slammed into the vehicle, took a moment to recover, then managed to elude capture.

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Channey Contravious Palmer

When the driver of the pickup truck reached his home in Leesburg, he found a tee-shirt and a revolver in the back of his truck, police officials said.

“We’re just about certain we know the identity of the fifth man,” Kirkpatrick said. “One way or another, we’ll have him, too.”

Arrested were Antonio Bernard Hicks, 19, who was charged with two counts of theft by taking; Channey Contravius Palmer, 20, charged with two counts of theft by taking; Jaboris Terrell Cato, 17, charged with two counts of theft by taking and one count of obstruction of officers, and Martinez Tavares Lowe, 17, charged with one count of obstruction of officers, two counts of theft by taking and one count of giving a false date of birth.

The four men were transported to the Dougherty County Jail.

The unidentified fugitive will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of theft by taking and one count of obstruction of officers, Kirkpatrick said.

Comments

hometowngirl 11 months, 1 week ago

Look at those fine, upstanding young gentlemen! Ugh. Round up all these idiots and haul them off to jail. Society has no use for them.

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VSU 11 months, 1 week ago

Another Avious....You can look at these guys and know they have never worked a day in their lives, and don't intend to.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 11 months, 1 week ago

As technology evolves it will become harder and harder to pull off crimes that were once simple. Big Brother is watching, gentlemen.

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waltspecht 11 months, 1 week ago

Why make it public knowledge that the phone can be tracked? If they don't know, they get caught. If they do know they now shut it down and sit on it for a few months. Had they known, and shut it down, the arrest wouldn't have occurred and the gun would still be on the street.

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erock 11 months, 1 week ago

you don't kill the goose that laid the golden egg

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 11 months, 1 week ago

In theory you tell them to prevent it from being stolen in the first place. All the big carriers blacklist the cell once it's reported lost of stolen.

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Sister_Ruby_Two 11 months, 1 week ago

Where is ihope4albany when we need her? She need to come on here and tell us all why the cause of this is something somebody did 150 years ago!

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erock 11 months, 1 week ago

The last time a cell phone made the news, the mama turned out to be the ring leader. Might be worth looking into. No telling what else you might find. These hoodlums walk up and stick a gun in your face over a stupid cell phone don't deserve to be breathing, much less walking around in the free world.

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Abytaxpayer 11 months, 1 week ago

How did these sweet innocent young men pass a Georgia background check to get their gun? O wait these children of the “Thug Life City” don’t believe in laws. ROFLMAO background checks will save us from the criminals!

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 11 months, 1 week ago

Articulate and cogent argument for the complete deregulation of the firearm industry. I can't remember why I ever thought it was a good idea to require background checks or ban certain types of weapons.

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Abytaxpayer 11 months, 1 week ago

Problem is you worry about the good guys with guns and forget about the bad guys with guns....Make the penalties HURT the bad guys and not the good guys and I will support you 100%

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