GBI Makes Arrest in Theft Investigation

Villa Rica, GA (June 9, 2022) – The GBI has arrested and charged Shirley Brown, age 66, of Eastaboga, Calhoun County, Alabama, with one count of theft by taking. On February 8, 2021, the Villa Rica Police Department asked the GBI to investigate a theft allegation involving Brown.

Canton Man Arrested for Armed Robbery

On June 7, 2022, Marcus Paul Milford, 52, of Canton, Georgia, was arrested on one count of Armed Robbery.  Milford was indicted by a Dawson County Grand Jury and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest in May 2022 for an armed robbery which occurred at a Dawsonville, Georgia CVS Pharmacy in 2015.  During the 2015 armed robbery, prescription pills were stolen.  During this extensive investigation, the GBI was able to identify Milford and secure his indictment.    

Evans County Man Arrested for Drug Charges

Daisy, GA (June 3, 2022) – On Thursday, June 2, 2022, Richard Lee Williams, age 52, of Daisy, GA, was arrested following a drug investigation initiated by Georgia Bureau of Investigation Southeastern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SRDEO), assisted by the Evans County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout this investigation, GBI agents and Evans County deputies seized a quantity of tablets suspected to be fentanyl, drug related paraphernalia, approximately 7 ounces (196 grams) of suspected methamphetamine, and a firearm.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Hart County

Lavonia, GA (June 3, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lavonia, GA. The Hart County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Thursday, June 2, 2022. No one was injured during the incident.

GBI Arrests Walker County Deputy

Walker County, GA (June 1, 2022) – On Tuesday, May 31, 2022, the GBI arrested Walker County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jerry Glover, age 81, of Rock Spring, GA, for Rape, Violation of Oath of Office, and False Imprisonment.

GBI Arrests Telfair County Sheriff’s Office Deputy

McRae-Helena, GA (May 31, 2022) – On Friday, May 27, 2022, Telfair County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Warren Degolyer, age 35, of Lumber City, GA, was arrested for one count of tampering with evidence, one count for violation of oath of office, and one count of pandering. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Muscogee County

Columbus, GA (May 29, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Columbus, GA. The Columbus Police Department requested the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Sunday, May 29, 2022. One man was shot. No officers were injured.

Large Amount of Drugs Seized in South Georgia Investigation

Tift County, GA (May 27, 2022) – On Friday, May 20, 2022, members of the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office, Tift County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested Jose Luis Pena-Ferraras, age 35 and Ismil Rodriguez-Aybar, age 43, both of Lawrenceville, GA, after the seizure of five kilograms of methamphetamine, one kilogram of heroin, and a handgun. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting and Assault on Richmond County Deputies in Augusta

Augusta, GA. – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Augusta, GA.  The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

At 3:58 p.m., Ladeeje Harvey, 25, of Augusta, shot Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John A. Tarpley during a traffic stop at Charlestown South Apartments located at 2119 Lumpkin Road in Augusta.  Deputy Tarpley had stopped a car with Harvey and a male driver in it.  While Deputy Tarpley was speaking with the driver, Harvey began walking away from the car with her 5-year-old son. Deputy Tarpley asked Harvey to stay in the car, but she refused to stay in the car. Harvey was walking towards her home when Deputy Tarpley asked Deputy Dontavion Jones to detain Harvey.

Man Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of Children

Decatur, GA (May 26, 2022) – On Friday, May 20, 2022, Geoffrey Jerome Heine, age 29, previously of Conyers, GA, and currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA, was arrested by the Virginia Beach Police Department on behalf of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Heine’s online activity after receiving multiple cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession of images depicting child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The investigation led to a search warrant at Heine’s residence in Conyers, GA, where electronic devices were seized for forensic processing.  Evidence obtained from Heine’s devices led to the obtaining of five arrest warrants for Heine, for the Sexual Exploitation of Children. By the time the arrest warrants were obtained for Heine, he had relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia. The arrest warrants were provided to the Virginia Beach Police Department, who took Heine into custody and transported him to Virginia Beach Correctional. Heine is currently awaiting extradition to Georgia.