GPD arrests two on charge of felony theft by taking


Information provided by a Griffin resident assisted in the arrest of two suspects in a recent theft case.

The Griffin Police Department on Jan. 29, responded to a report of a stolen white enclosed trailer taken from the parking lot between the Valero gas station and Rustic Lantern on East Taylor Street.

Investigators obtained video footage from a nearby business and still photos from that video were posted to the GPD Facebook page.

The social media post resulted in a Griffin resident providing information to Investigator Adam Trammel that led to a School Road residence where the truck allegedly used in the theft was located.

That resulted in the identification of suspects, and arrest warrants were soon obtained for Christopher Bates and Jerry Kent, who have each been charged with felony theft by taking.

They are being held in the Spalding County Jail and are awaiting a bond hearing.

Authorities say the trailer and construction equipment allegedly stolen by the pair was recovered.

GPD Chief Mike Yates praised the individual who was willing to relate information that led to these arrests.

“This case is proof that the citizen’s involvement works and the information they provide can bring cases to a successful end,” he said.

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