Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Local news

January 3, 2013

Police reportedly looking for Walmart thieves

Cordele — Three females were arrested Monday for shoplifting at Walmart, but two male thieves who successfully made off with an estimated $4,000 worth of electronics from there are still being sought.

A press release from the local police department listed the feminine offenders taken into custody on Tuesday as Turkessa Hill, 36, of 405 20th Ave. W., and Shawanna Hill and Dequanda Clark, both 17-year-old residents of 405 20th Ave. W.

The report sent to the local news media about that and other incidents made no mention of the men being sought in connection with pre-Christmas thefts of two 50-inch TV sets and three computers. However, WALB-TV in Albany apparently was informed of those incidents.

A segment of that television station’s Wednesday 11 p.m. news telecast featured Detective Ketorie Sales giving details of the incident in which the culprits were identified as two white males said to be in their late 20’s or early 30’s. One stands about 6’0” and the other approximately 5’6”.

According to Sales, on Dec. 22 one of the subjects selected the computers and one of the televisions that were stolen and placed them into a shopping cart. Apparently feeling comfortable enough that he could leave the store without being detected, the thief walked out a fire exit door.

Two days later, that same subject who both times was seen on surveillance video wearing a black Georgia cap bearing a white “G” emblem on the front reportedly returned and stole a second 50-inch flat screen TV and possibly other merchandise.

“It seems like he (the offender) possibly has something wrong with one of his legs,” Sales told a WALB reporter. “It’s not a limp, but there’s just something different about his walk.” Police are hoping that bit of information may help lead to an arrest.

Sales also revealed the men are believed to be responsible for about $6,000 worth of other thefts from Walmart stores in Perry, Eastman and the Locust Grove area.

With the local Walmart also recently having reported a similar major theft in which a black male and female were subsequently arrested, the detective theorized the store’s proximity and easy access to I-75 may be figuring into such crimes.

The latest culprits are said to have used a blue pickup truck — possibly a GMC Sierra or a Chevrolet Silverado — and a new model while car while committing the thefts. Sales expressed the opinion the suspects are not local residents, but said they may live nearby.

It also was reported in the same WALB telecast that five incidents of reported celebratory gunfire were reported to the local police department on New Year’s Eve or early New Year’s Day.

At least one of the incidents resulted in damage to an automobile windshield when a bullet fired into the air struck the vehicle as it fell back down. Again, that information was not reported to either this newspaper or to local television station WSST.

In other incidents included in the latest press release submitted to the local news media, officers:

— Levied multiple charges against a 44-year-old man who during a disturbance allegedly stabbed his partner in the hand.

Gary Jerome, of 110 Second Ave. W., was cited for aggravated assault, domestic violence, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of a knife while committing a crime and failure to appear in court to face either those charges or previous ones made against him.

— Arrested Janice Arnette, 48, of 704 Third St. S., on a city-issued bench warrant charging her with contempt of court.

— Cited Randy Peacock, 20, of Atlanta, for failure to appear in court.



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