GPD arrests two suspects in felony theft by taking cases


The Griffin Police Department has made two arrests in connection to the theft of tens of thousands of dollars worth of metal.
On Oct. 6, the Griffin Police Department received a theft report from the Georgia Department of Transportation regarding the theft of several guard rails from their construction site on the Highway 16 bridge over Georgia 3.
The guard rails were estimated to be valued over $10,000.
Later that same week, on October 10, the Police Department received a theft report from Boney Aviation located on Kalamazoo Road regarding the theft of thirty aluminum storage containers valued over $12,000.
As investigators from the Property Division of the Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the cases, they were able to locate several of the stolen items at a nearby scrap yard. With cooperation from the scrap yard they were able to determine that the same suspect allrgedly scrapped the stolen items from both cases.
Investigators were able to obtain his identity from the scrap metal company records. He was identified as Jerry Randall Keye, age 50.
Mr. Keye used an Alabama ID when he sold the items to the scrap yard. Through further investigation, investigators discovered that Keye was living in Griffin at 627 Ellis St.
On Oct. 13, investigators went to 627 Ellis St., where Keye was located along with a second suspect later identified as Michael Burleson, age 46.
Keyes and Burleson were both taken into custody without incident.
Authorities say while at the Ellis Street residence, investigators located additional stolen items that belonged to both the Department of Transportation and Boney Aviation.
Authorities say Keye and Burleson admitted to the thefts during an interview with investigators.
They were each charged with Felony Theft by Taking.
GPD officials say that while interviewing the suspects, it was also discovered that they were responsible for two additional thefts that occurred in Spalding County and two in Henry County. Both agencies were notified and additional charges may be pending.


  1. Great job! Thanks so much. I really hate a thief.

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