Arrest for the offenses of Theft by Taking, Theft by Receiving, Burglary, V.G.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamine, V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Marijuana, Forgery 2nd Degree, and Probation Violation

Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that his agency has made several recent arrest for the offenses of Theft by Taking, Theft by Receiving, Burglary, and V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Meth, Marijuana, Forgery and Probation Violation.

“During the month of June 2017 our investigators were following up on some previously reported thefts in which arrest had been made. Through their further investigation into these cases they discovered that a known associate of a subject that had been previously arrested had sold some firearms. We were able to recover multiple guns, valued in excess of $900.00 that had been stolen in the Luthersville, Ga. area. These guns were returned to the rightful owners. James Truitt Armstrong W/M, 29 years of age of Oak Street, Luthersville, Ga. was charged with (Felony) Theft by Receiving Stolen Property. Armstrong is being held in the Meriwether County Jail on no bond due to other related charges.

On July 1, 2017 our patrol deputies responded to the 100 block of Loop Circle, Greenville, Ga in reference to person(s) unknown being on the property. Our personnel were able to locate several individuals that were on the property without permission. Once our investigator arrived on scene it was determined that property had been stolen from a barn. We then executed a search warrant in the 18000 block of Roosevelt Hwy, Greenville, Ga. which turned up stolen property from the scene, along with V.G.C.S.A. Methamphetamine, V.G.C.S.A. Marijuana and approximately $1,700.00 worth of counterfeit money. This thorough investigation resulted in the arrest of four individual’s reference this case investigation. Douglas Roberts W/M, 48 years of age of Roosevelt Hwy, Greenville, Ga. has been charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine. Roberts is currently being held in the Meriwether County Jail on $10,000 bond. Carla Amy Byrom, W/F, 47 years of age, of Primrose Road, Greenville, Ga. has been charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine and two counts of Probation Violation. Byrom is being held in the Meriwether County Jail on no bond. Dwane Hicks B/M, 25 years of age of Reeves Road, Greenville, Ga. has been charged with Forgery 2nd Degree and Possession of Marijuana. Hicks is currently in the Meriwether County Jail on 3,500 bond. Nathan Lunsford W/M, 32 years of age of Strickland Town Road, Luthersville, Ga has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. Lunsford is currently being held in the Meriwether County Jail on no bond.

On July 14, 2017 a theft was reported to the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office that occurred at a business located in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Hwy, Warm Springs, Ga. Our investigators developed a suspect in this case and subsequently were able to recover the stolen property in LaGrange, Ga. Investigators charged Rebecca Marie McLaughlin, W/F, 28 years of age of Rush Creek Hwy, Woodland, Ga. with 1 ct. of (Misdemeanor) Theft by Taking. McLaughlin bonded out of the Meriwether County Jail on $1,000.00 bond.

I appreciate the work done in these case investigation by our personnel. Our investigators have done an outstanding job in recovering stolen property and making arrest of those responsible.” Sheriff Chuck Smith stated.