Man steals from garage with resident in home
by Wes Mayer
A man was arrested just before noon on Monday, after a resident reported him stealing items from her garage.
Around 11:31 a.m., a 911 dispatcher received information from a resident on Musick Park Drive in Senoia about a burglary, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
The resident told dispatchers the burglar, who she described as a black male, drove into her open garage in a black Lincoln Aviator and began putting items in the vehicle.
According to Yarbrough, the resident was able to peek outside to observe the burglary and give dispatchers a description of the suspect, vehicle and the vehicle’s license plate number.
The resident was also able to notify dispatchers that the suspect appeared to be heading toward Georgia Highway 16.
Fortunately, Deputy Shane Warren was patrolling nearby and saw a vehicle matching the description on Highway 16, Yarbrough said. Warren was able to pull the suspect over, and when he approached the window, Warren saw a lawn mower in the vehicle — one of the items stolen from the residence.
Warren also saw a bayonet sticking out of the door inside the vehicle, Yarbrough said, and as a precaution, Warren ordered the suspect to raise his hands so he could be handcuffed before exiting the car.
The suspect was identified as Michael Lee Jefferson, 47, and Warren received permission to search the vehicle, Yarbrough said.
Inside, he found multiple items matching the descriptions of items stolen from the residence on Musick Park Drive and a Glock 9mm handgun.
After running the serial number on the handgun, Warren discovered it had been reported stolen in Henry County.
Warren also has an outstanding warrant for violating his parole.
Jefferson was charged with burglary in the first degree, theft by receiving and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.