Quincy, Florida - August 30, 2011 -
Three Florida residents were arrested in Bainbridge, Georgia after a Decatur County Sheriff’s Office off-duty deputy observed them remove railroad ties from tracks on Pond Town Road. The off-duty deputy followed the trio, who were in silver Chevrolet Avalanche with Florida plates, to a salvage yard on Dothan Road where they were later met by the off-duty deputy and a Decatur County investigator. The driver of the truck, 38 year old Tony Marquis Reynolds, admitted that they had just removed the loose section of tracks from the Pond Town Road area.
A second Decatur County investigator arrived and began attempting to identify the other subjects in the vehicle. Joe Nathan Wilford, a 39 year old Florida native who initially presented a Florida driver’s license as Terell Delapierre, and 32 year old James Christopher Williams, who also gave investigators a false name, were detained for investigation at the scene. Reynolds, who was the driver of the vehicle, gave investigators permission to search the vehicle where they located a .38 caliber pistol with the serial numbers removed.
All are being held in the Decatur County Jail on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by taking. Wilford and Williams are also charged with giving a false name to law enforcement.
The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with Decatur County Sheriff’s Office regarding the trio when a stolen black GMS 3500 dual axle pick-up truck reported to Grady County Sheriff’s Office was recovered in Gadsden County on August 16th, 2011 after it was used in a burglary attempt of the Southside Business Park (old
Niagra Wire complex) in Quincy, Florida. Gadsden deputies responded to the business park after an office worker reported hearing a crash in the area.
The vehicle, who believed to have fled the scene after seeing the office worker arrive, crashed through the chained locked iron gate and left the area heading northbound on Highbridge Road. The vehicle was later located by Gadsden deputies behind a house on Koonce Lane. The homeowner told deputies that she noticed the vehicle out near the woods that morning and did not know whom it belonged. That’s when deputies learned the vehicle was reported stolen out of Georgia and contact the Grady County Sheriff’s Office
who responded to the scene. The truck had been missing from Anderson Manufacturing in Georgia since August 14, 2011. Video surveillance from the business showed the same silver Chevrolet Avalanche with Florida plates at the business the same evening
the vehicle was stolen. Decatur County Sheriff’s Office processed the prints from the vehicle and positively identified James Christopher Williams as being in the stolen vehicle. Arrest warrants for Williams were issued for grand theft by taking and felony burglary in Decatur County, Georgia.
Charges for the trio are pending in Gadsden County, Florida for the attempted burglary of the Southside Business Park and the recovery of a stolen Caterpillar bulldozer located off of Tennell Road in Midway, Florida. The bulldozer was reported missing early May 2011 from Wildberry Lane in Quincy, Florida. Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office investigators got an admission from Ferrell Moore, Jr. who is being held in the Gadsden County Jail for his role in the grand theft.