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Reward for Animal Shelter Break-In Grows to $18,000

The reward to catch the person or persons responsible for breaking into a Macon animal shelter last week has swelled to $18,000.

The Atlanta Humane Society announced Thursday that it's chipping in $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction related to the crime.

That reward is on top of $5,000 from the Humane Society of the United States and $5,000 from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Macon Regional Crimestoppers is offering $3,000.

All About Animals, 101 Riverside Drive, Macon, was broken into Oct. 17. Three dogs were killed and 15 were injured.

Macon police said several cages were opened, freeing about 40 dogs, and many of the dogs had bite marks and lacerations.

Sheriff: 'Ding Dong Ditch' Ends in Thefts from Cars

What began as a game of Ding Dong Ditch for three north Bibb youths ended with charges that they stole items from several unlocked cars, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's office.

Andrew Ellard, 17, Aaron Jones-Massey, 18, and Wendall Strickland, 18, were charged with entering auto. 

According to a sheriff's news release, the teens said they had been playing Ding Dong Ditch -- ringing doorbells at homes in the Wesleyan Woods area, then running away -- when they started grabbing items from unlocked cars in the driveways.

Items reported missing from one car were a hunting bow and arrows, a GPS, a camera, range finder, video camera and sunglasses, valued together at $2,200.

According to the incident report, authorities found identification for Strickland in another car and confronted the suspects at Strickland's home nearby. The stolen items were recovered, according to the Sheriff's office.

Man Stabbed Outside West Bibb McDonald's

A man was taken to a Macon hospital after being stabbed in the back Tuesday morning.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Cedric Lavar Wimbush was found lying on the ground around 1:30 a.m. near the entrance to the McDonald's restaurant on Harrison road. That's in west Bibb County.

Wimbush would not tell authorities anything about how it happened.

He was listed in stable condition Tuesday morning.

If you have information on the stabbing, you can contact the sheriff's office at 478-746-9441.

Crimestoppers Tip Leads to Drugs and Weapons Arrests

After receiving a tip through Crimestoppers, members of the Middle Georgia Fugitive Squad arrested Monday a Macon man who was wanted since August in connection with a drug investigation. Sheriff's deputies say they arrested Michael Pitts Jr. on Yearty Drive after a short foot chase. 

Sheriff's investigators asked the Middle Georgia Fugitive Squad for help in finding Pitts, who fled while they were serving a search warrant August 1 at his home at 2241 Melton Ave., in east Macon.

During the search, investigators say they seized several pounds of marijuana, six handguns -- two of them stolen -- and what they called gang and drug paraphernalia. Four people were arrested at the scene.

Gun Organizations Offer Rewards for Bass Pro Burglary

There are now two rewards totaling $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who stole 17 semi-automatic AR-15 rifles.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives Atlanta Division and the National Shooting Sport Foundation (a trade association for the firearms industry) announced both are offering $5,000 rewards.

The ATF and the Bibb County Sheriff's Office are still investigating the theft of 17 AR-15 rifles from the Bass Pro Shops on the night of Sunday, September 29, 2013.

The guns range in price from $600-$1,000 depending on the manufacturer and upgrades.

They are asking for the public's help in recovering the guns and arresting those responsible.

One rifle was recovered in an Atlanta traffic stop overnight Tuesday.

Undercover Drug Bust Nets Four Arrests in Macon

Undercover officers with the Macon Police narcotics unit arrested four people early Friday while checking out a tip about a "shot house" where liquor was being sold illegally.

According to a news release, undercover officers purchased marijuana from Gregory Thomas, 25, at the home at 1089 Duncan Ave., between Napier and Montpelier Avenues. 

Police say they tried to arrest Thomas in the front yard but he ran inside where they found about 20 people.

Police report finding seven bags of marijuana and two small bags of cocaine.

Nobody inside claimed to own the house. Tax records say it's owned by a company, police said.

Police arrested Thomas on charges of selling marijuana.

Three others were arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants. 

They are:

- Reshad Shaquille Riddick, 18
- Shanika M. Smith, 30 
- Moses Albert Jordan, 30

Woman Not Charged in North Macon Shoplifting Case

Around 1:30 p.m Wednesday, Cindy Cho, the manager at the EDGE clothing store at the Shoppes at River Crossing took an unexpected lunch break.

A woman had walked out of her store with some shirts and pants, causing the alarm to go off, so Cho chased her out into the parking lot.

Ten customers and a mall security officer helped pursue the shoplifter who dropped all the merchandise. 

Mall manager Bill Baker called 13WMAZ Thursday morning and said mall security caught the woman across Riverside Drive and she was held until she could be turned over to her aunt. 

They did not know the girl's age and she was not turned over to the Bibb Sheriff's Department.

"I screamed, 'everybody please help me!," Cho says.

She says during the course of the chase, around 10 bystanders and security, from drivers to people sitting at the restaurants gathered to help her out.