Traffic Stop Investigation Leads to the Recovery of Stolen Property from a Harris County Burglary

Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that a traffic stop led to the recovery of over $2,500.00 worth of stolen property from a Harris County Burglary that had occurred on the same date. The offenders have been identified and warrants have been issued for their arrest.

“On October 4, 2017 around 11:30 am one of our patrol deputies’ conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 54 at Nall Street, Luthersville, Ga. on a white in color Ford Ranger for an equipment violation. During the traffic stop investigation the deputy observed in plain view a substantial amount of electronic equipment inside the cab of the vehicle. The driver and the passenger gave the deputy indicators that a crime had occurred. While the deputy was speaking with the original driver of the vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway and awaiting back-up. The passenger jumped into the driver’s seat and took off in the vehicle. The deputy pursued the vehicle for a short distance which ended in the 200 block of Opal Street when the passenger jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The deputy was able to positively identify both the original driver and passenger before they were able to flee on foot.

Through the course of the investigation we were able to determine that the property had been stolen earlier in the day in a residential burglary in Harris County, Ga. Several stolen firearms were recovered as well in addition to the electronic equipment. The Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office has obtained arrest warrants for Daron Walker B/M, 51 years of age, last known address Bridges Road, Hamilton, Ga. for the offenses of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon 3 counts, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Obstruction of an Officer. Arrest warrants have also been issued for Darryl Latronne Williams, B/M, 27 years of age, last known address Ga. Hwy 116, Hamilton, Ga. for the offenses of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Giving False Information, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude and Obstruction of an Officer. We are currently working in collaboration with Harris County Sheriff’s Office Investigators to locate these two suspects. Additional charges are pending in Harris County related to this case investigation. Our agency has turned over the recovered stolen property to the Harris County Investigators. If anyone has information related to the whereabouts of Walker or Williams call the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 672-4489 or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 628-4211. If immediate assistance is needed call 911.” Sheriff Smith said.

“This is a prime example of how effective traffic enforcement resulted in the location of stolen property in relation to a burglary that had just occurred in a neighboring county. Those that violate the law in the other jurisdictions will do the same in ours. Our deputy did a good job in recognizing that he had more than just a traffic infraction. Through collaboration with Harris County Sheriff’s Office we have been able to recover stolen property and identify the offenders. This is good law enforcement and cooperation all the way around.” Sheriff Chuck Smith stated.