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Four Arrested with Rifle Stolen from Bass Pro Shop

Four people have been arrested in the Atlanta area, in possession of one of 17 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles stolen from Macon's Bass Pro Shop overnight Sunday.

Trayvis Dwong Gray, Phillip Brandon Kemp, Tonishia Lee, and Eric Stewart were all inside the car when it was pulled over by Atlanta Police Tuesday night.

Investigators have not yet said if the four are suspected of breaking into the north Macon sporting goods store overnight Sunday.  They are from the Atlanta area, but the Toyota Camry in which they were traveling had a Louisiana tag.  None of them had prior arrest records in Bibb County.

All four are being held at the Fulton County jail.

Also recovered were a stolen pistol, not related to the Bass Pro robbery, a bag of methamphetamines, and less than an ounce of marijuana.

17 Semi-Automatic Rifles Stolen at Bibb Bass Pro

Four men smashed through the glass front door at Bass Pro Shops and stole 17 semi-automatic rifles, Bibb County sheriff's officials said.

The men used a crowbar to pry open metal bars that were securing the AR-15 rifles at the north Bibb County store just before midnight Sunday.

"It could be for money, gun running, or could be tied locally or someone passing through," said Bibb County Sheriff David Davis about the break-in. "There's a lot to look at."

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According to Davis, the burglars were only in the store for about 2-5 minutes. By the time deputies arrived, Davis says the burglars had fled.

Surveillance photos of four suspects were released Monday night. 

The men are described as wearing the following:

Former Macon Officer Pleads Guilty to Tractor Theft

A former Macon police officer accused of stealing a tractor pleaded guilty Monday.

Jon Wantz and another officer, Troy Guidry, were arrested last January. They were accused of stealing a tractor from the Mr. Rooter plumbing business on Roff Avenue in Macon.

Police said the tractor's GPS led investigators to Guidry's home in Monroe county. The tractor was worth almost $25,000.

District Attorney David Cooke says Wantz pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced to four years in prison and six on probation.

He's agreed to testify against Guidry, who's still awaiting trial.

Both men resigned from the police force after being charged.

Fatal Shooting at Macon Motel

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says a 19-year-old man is dead after being shot in the chest.

The shooting happened around 4:30 Monday morning at the Scottish Inn Motel on Romeiser Dr., in west Bibb County.

Jones identified the man as Darrius Washington from Warner Robins.

Police have not given the shooter's name or a motive.

Cheddar's Waitress Accused of Altering Tips

After a customer complaint to the Cheddar's restaurant about an unauthorized transaction, a manager allegedly found the culprit after tracking a waitress' receipts for 10 days.

April Johnson has been charged with fiduciary theft and bonded out, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.

According to the news release, the customer had called the manager to let them know they had been charged $8 without permission on their credit card.

The manager then began to track Johnson's receipts for 10 days. That amounted to 36 receipts that had been altered with unauthorized charges totaling $151.94, the release said.

He then told an off-duty deputy his findings, and the deputy arrested Johnson on the spot and called for an on-duty officer to take her to the Bibb County jail.

Macon Man Accused of Sending Guns to NYC


A Macon man is accused of supplying illegal weapons to the streets of New York City. 

39-year-old Mark Winston, who goes by the nickname of "Koo", packed guns in pie tins and socks and then sent them by express mail.

Winston and another man, New Yorker Walter "Butta" Dandridge illegally sold more than 40 guns over more than a year.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the two men didn't realize their buyer was an undercover detective.

Winston is awaiting extradition in the Bibb County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helmeted Gunman Robs Gas Station

A robber wearing a motorcycle helmet and medical scrubs fired a shot inside a Macon gas station, police say.

A police news release says it happened around 4 a.m. Sunday at the Shell Food Mart, 2700 Riverside Drive.

Police say the robber entered the store, waving a silver handgun, and demanded money. He fired a shot, but no one was injured.
The release says the robber was 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, wearing blue pants that appeared to be medical scrubs, a black jacket and black gloves with gray or white markings along the fingers.

He was wearing a silver motorcycle helmet that may have been covered with duct tape.
Anyone with information on the case can call Macon police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

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