Since the inception of the Macon Regional Crimestoppers program, tips provided through the hotline have resulted in over 5,000 arrests. During the same period, Crimestoppers tips have led to over $770,000 in recovered property and over $611,000 in confiscated drugs. The total rewards paid through November 2017 are $787,000.
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Since its inception, Macon Regional Crimestoppers tips have resulted in over 5,000 arrests. Some of the stories are dramatic, and leads provided through the Crimestoppers hotline have led to some high-profile arrests. Here are some case studies that illustrate how the Crimestoppers program helps catch criminals.
Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputies and Macon Regional Crimestoppers’ Executive Director, Cpl. Greg Thomas, responded to a call of a stolen vehicle being tracked at a location in the 2500 block of Emery Highway just after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. As deputies were responding to the location, Sgt. Shane Howard spotted the vehicle, a 2002 Mazda Tribute, on Emery Highway near Indian Circle. Sgt. Howard attempted to make a traffic stop on the Mazda near Trinity Place once he got turned around. The driver of the Mazda refused to stop and led deputies on a chase which ended in the 900 block of Walnut Street. The driver struck 3 parked vehicles on Walnut Street and jumped out of the vehicle, fleeing on foot.
The Mazda Tribute had been reported stolen just before 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The owner of the Mazda reported that he was at the SunTrust Bank at the corner of Cherry Street and Second Street and exited the vehicle, leaving it running while using the ATM outside. The suspect described as a skinny black male asked the male victim for a cigarette. The suspect then jumped into the Mazda and drove off.
The U.S. Marshals Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force and Bibb County Sheriff’s Investigators located, with the information from two Crimestoppers tips, 30-year-old Lori Delois Harrell on September 18, 2017. She was transported to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Division for questioning. While being questioned, Harrell started complaining of severe cramps from a medical condition and she was transported to the Navicent Health Hospital by ambulance for treatment where she was admitted.
Bibb County Sheriff’s Sgt. Osteen and Macon Regional Crimestopper’s Executive Director, Cpl. Greg Thomas, responded to a tip received by Crimestoppers for a location for wanted suspect Latrell Howard. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and transported to Bibb County LEC for booking on the charges of 2 Counts of Entering Auto and Theft by Deception.
U.S. Marshals, with the Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force, Bibb County Sheriff’s Investigators, and Bibb County Sheriff’s SWAT Team, captured and arrested 16-year-old Aurie Mathis Friday afternoon, June 30, at around 3:00 p.m. Mathis was arrested at a local motel off Holiday Drive North in Bibb County. It was reported that information was received on Mathis through a Crimestoppers Tip. Mathis is charged with Murder for the deadly shooting on Bradstone Circle during a burglary.
At approximately 1:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017, officers responded to a call at Jus One More, a bar and grill located at 4993 Russell Parkway Suite 100, Warner Robins, due to shots fired and an active shooter situation. 24-year-old Kenny Odel Hart Jr. and 26-year-old Jabrial Odeal Adams, both of Warner Robins, suffered gunshot wounds to the chest area and were pronounced deceased.
In a joint effort with investigators from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Macon Regional Crimestoppers, and the U.S. Marshals Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force, an arrest was made in the homicide investigation of 67-year-old Jimmy Lee Daniels of 967 Elder Street. Phillip Lance Rozier Sr., 54 years old, of Macon was arrested without incident at a house located on Carroll Street at around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. A Crimestoppers tip led to Rozier’s arrest. Rozier was transported to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center and booked on the charge of murder.
The U.S. Marshals Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force and Bibb County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested 19-year-old Jacob Elijah Miller Monday afternoon, February 13, just after 2:30 p.m. at an address in Atlanta, Georgia. Miller was arrested on a Crimestoppers tip in relation to the shooting of Brooklyn Rouse that occurred on December 26, 2016 outside 2443 Vivian Drive. Rouse was delivering a pizza for Papa Johns at the time of the shooting.
Bibb Sheriff David Davis said, “Frequently we see that these individuals are so fearless when they commit the crime, but they run like a chicken when facing the consequences of their cold-blooded acts. It’s both shocking and troubling when a person who is trying to make a living in a productive society is attacked by callous predators who most likely know nothing of real work. We can be thankful for the teamwork of Bibb investigators, U.S. Marshals, and community members who made the call to Crimestoppers for all their efforts which resulted in the capture of this suspect in this senseless assault.