Knife-Point Robbery at a Valdosta Car Wash

By: VPD Release
By: VPD Release

Valdosta, Georgia - Feb. 29, 2012 -


Victim: Benjamin Bonner, white male, 23 years of age, Valdosta resident

Offender: Walter Thomas, Jr., African American male, 34 years of age, Valdosta resident


On February 27, 2012 at approximately 1840 hours, the Valdosta Police Department responded to the Splash Zone Car Wash at 807 Baytree Road in reference to a robbery. Officers made contact with Benjamin Bonner who advised that an unknown black male approached him from behind and held him up with a knife. The offender, later identified as Walter Thomas, Jr., took Bonner’s wallet and fled on foot. Bonner was not injured during the incident. The wallet was located a short distance from the incident, but the cash that was inside the wallet had been removed. Detectives from the Valdosta Police Department responded to investigate. Pictures from the surveillance video at the car wash were used to identify Thomas who has been arrested and charged with the robbery. Thomas is currently being held in the Lowndes County Jail.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.

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  • by RIRdKng Location: SW Florida on Mar 1, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    Yes, it WOULD make a difference ... When you reach for your wallet, as he's demanding, and a 38 snub-nose comes out, instead !!!
    Then you watch the POS soil himself.
  • by HANG EM ! Location: crack town on Mar 1, 2012 at 03:14 AM
    tie a rope around the old oak tree, and his neck ! PROBLEM SOLVED.
  • by just wondering on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM
    Does Georgia honor a concealed weapons permit from Florida?
    • reply
      by Yes on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to just wondering
      They do.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:24 PM in reply to just wondering
      According to the Fl. Dept. of Ag, yes they do, but with this caveat...."(1) While Florida's law allows licensees to carry stun guns, knives, and billy clubs in a concealed fashion, the laws in these states(Ga.) allow for concealed carry of handguns or pistols ONLY, NOT WEAPONS IN GENERAL. Florida license holders are prohibited from carrying other types of weapons while in these states."
  • by Gerry on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM
    Outlaw all KNIVES now before this happens again
  • by Wary Citizen Location: Valdosta on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM
    This is just one of the reasons I carry a legally permitted concealed weapon everywhere I go.
    • reply
      by Bubba on Mar 1, 2012 at 06:21 AM in reply to Wary Citizen
      As if it would have mattered when the guy is behind you holding a knife to your neck.
  • by jen Location: TALLY on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM
    If the victim had a concealed weapon permit and was carrying he could have done away with this low life.
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