Arrests made during theft of auto parts | Local News


VALDOSTA – An arrest was made this week following an investigation into auto parts theft in Lowndes County, the sheriff’s office said.

In recent weeks, detectives from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the Valdosta Police Department have jointly investigated the theft of vehicle parts, including transmissions, a four-wheel drive transfer case, drive shafts. transmission, headlights, stereo equipment, wheels, tires and other items from auto repair shops in Valdosta and Lowndes County, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

In one case, a company employee was physically assaulted, the statement said. During this joint investigation, detectives identified a suspect and on Wednesday, detectives from the Valdosta Police Department, the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the Community Watch Department. from Georgia drove to a home on Ellenburg Road in Brooks County where they recovered several stolen auto parts from the property, the sheriff’s office said.

With the recovery of property and the evidence obtained during the investigation, Johnathan Orr, 44, is charged with several counts of theft taking and possessing stolen property in Brooks County, according to the sheriff’s office statement .

“There is no doubt that the cooperative efforts of Chief Leslie Manahan, the Valdosta Police Department, the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, the Community Watch Department and the Sheriff’s Office have certainly led to the identification of this offender and ultimately to his arrest, ”Lowndes County said. Sheriff Ashley Paulk said in a statement. “It is exactly this type of work that assists in the recovery and return of stolen property of victims and highlights the continuing working relationship between the agencies.

Terry Richards is a senior reporter for the Valdosta Daily Times.

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