Crime Beat

Theft suspects caught later at gas station


Two men were arrested Friday after a counterfeit bill, a tool for commission of a crime, and possible stolen items were found in their vehicle. 

Around 11:40 p.m. Friday the Newnan Police Department received a call about a theft on Ray Street. NPD Officer Doug Jones arrived at the victim’s address and was told that the suspects took the victim’s power meter from the side of her house. 

The victim was able to identify the vehicle, and the suspects were stopped by Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jack Hollis at the Exxon gas station at 500 Smokey Road.

According to Jones, two of the three suspects, Joshua Robinson and Charity Ball, were detained at the gas station, but the third suspect, Dennis Denny, had attempted to run from the scene. Dennis did not make it very far, however, and was picked up and returned to the gas station by another deputy.

The vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Durango, belonged to Robinson, who claimed he knew nothing of the power meter theft and gave Jones consent to search the car. Upon searching the car, Jones did not find the power meter, but did find a $20 bill believed to be counterfeit and a backpack that contained a collapsible automobile entry tool, assorted men’s and women’s jewelry and Global Cash Cards with the victim’s name on them. 

According to Jones, Robinson said he knew nothing about the cash cards and the jewelry was a friend’s. Robinson also admitted the $20 bill was a fake but did not know where it came from.

When Denny was returned to the Exxon, he told Jones that he did not take the power meter off the victim’s property but threw it into the woods. Denny also claimed that he knew nothing about the counterfeit bill in the car but knew of a location where the bills were being made.

After running the vehicle’s license plate, it was identified as a 1999 Lincoln Navigator, and Robinson was driving with expired registration. Both Robinson and Denny were arrested and charged for affixing a license plate with intent to conceal their identity, driving without valid registration, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, theft by taking and forgery in the second degree.

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