News Release: Valdosta Police Department
On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, Cedric Thomas, William Gordon, and a 15 year old male juvenile were arrested by the Valdosta Police Department in connection to three separate incidents. The incidents included a report of a theft of a four-wheeler from Valdosta Power Sports earlier that same date, a theft from a vehicle which occurred at Family Dollar earlier that same date, and a robbery/kidnapping which occurred last Saturday at Kohl’s Department Store.
Officers Heather Turner and Stacy Brogdon, along with other Valdosta Police Officers, were on the lookout for the suspects from the Family Dollar vehicle break-in when they spotted all three males on a four-wheeler. The officers were aware of the stolen four-wheeler from a previous report early that day and the four wheeler the offenders were operating matched the same description of the stolen four-wheeler. Initially, the offenders eluded officers but after persistence; the four wheeler and offenders were located and the offenders were subsequently arrested.
Thomas was charged with Theft by Entering an Automobile for his involvement in a vehicle break-in which occurred earlier that same date at Family Dollar. He was also charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.
Gordon was in possession of stolen items during a Robbery/Kidnapping Incident which occurred last Saturday where a person was pulled to the ground and his cell phone and wallet was taken. This incident occurred at Kohl’s Department Store. Gordon was charged with two counts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.
The 15 year old juvenile was charged with Running a Red Light, Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer, Theft by Entering an Automobile, and Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.
Additional charges will not be ruled out on the three offenders.
“Officers Willis and Brogdon and other Valdosta Police Officers demonstrated persistence and good police work, resulting in three offenders being arrested and helping solve three separate crimes”, stated Chief Brian Childress.