Suspect in multi-county burglaries arrested

by Wes Mayer

A man arrested in Meriwether County earlier in September may be charged with 12 additional counts of burglary in Coweta County.

Michael Shane Eady, 41, is suspected of burglaries throughout multiple counties and jurisdictions. Coweta County investigators began looking into the case around February of this year, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, and it all came to a head earlier this month.

According to a press release from the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Meriwether Sheriff’s Office investigators assisted by the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Division, Upson Regional Narcotics Task Force, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources executed a search warrant on Eady’s home on Mulberry Lane, Senoia, on Sept. 12.

Investigators recovered numerous fishing rods and reels, fishing tackle, coolers, deer skull mounts, camouflage clothing, game calls, hunting blinds and deer stands, game feeder, flashlights and lanterns, chairs, trail cameras, knives and a game hoist, a small boat, a TV, a firearm, ammunition, lawn and garden equipment, stolen tires and rims, welding equipment, air conditioner units, tools and various other reported stolen property.

Eady was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, multiple counts of criminal use of an article with an altered serial number, burglary, theft by taking motor vehicle, theft by taking and violation of probation. He is currently in the Meriwether County jail without bond.

“We expect more charges to be filed by us and other agencies against Eady,” said Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith. “More arrests are likely to follow at the conclusion of this extensive investigation. We are now in the process of getting property identified and returned to the rightful owners. I appreciate the hard work that these officers devoted to recover numerous pieces of stolen property for victims from our community and the surrounding jurisdictions.”

According to Yarbrough, Eady is facing three counts of burglary in Coweta County, and investigators are looking into another possible nine burglary charges. Coweta and Meriwether are in the same judicial circuit, so the charges will simply add on.

According to the Meriwether Sheriff’s Office press release, the initial search on Eady’s home led to additional search warrants, and more people may be involved in a large number of burglaries dating back to 2012.

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