As FYN reported November 23, Pickens Sheriff’s Office was seeking Tex Allen Bryant in connection with a series of burglaries in the county.Today Bryant turned himself in to deputies and has initially been charged with burglary. More charges are expected and once he’s bonded from PSO, Cherokee County will take him into custody for other related charges.
Other arrests are impending and FYN will update the story as the suspects are brought in.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit has been busy with a case that keeps expanding and the end isn’t yet in sight. Four arrests have been made, a warrant has been issued and more arrests are anticipated in a string of recent burglaries in the Monument Road area in what was described as “a thieves paradise”.
The case broke earlier in November when a complainant contacted them regarding a large amount of possessions being removed from his property. The owner, who lives elsewhere, hasn’t been to the property for around six months or longer. He was notified of damage to his property by a neighbor. When he returned he found various racing car and antique car parts missing. The lengthy list of stolen goods include an entire V-10 Viper engine and transmission, mechanical machinery, tools, a moped, various engine parts all the way down to nuts and bolts. It appears there were several burglaries over the time period. All the missing property is still being inventoried and appraised but so far, what has been identified has been valued at around $90,000.
Thus far four arrests have been effected and one warrant is outstanding. Taken into custody were: Justin Cooper, 21, of Dawsonville charged with burglary; Ryan Howell, 31, of Ball Ground – reckless conduct and criminal trespass; Laura Williams, 34, of Ball Ground, burglary; and Charles McManama, 27, of Marble Hill, also charged with burglary. A warrant has been issued for Tex Allen Bryant, 50, of Dawsonville.
Detectives got lucky while working the case that the suspects returned and a tag number was provided which led them to the first arrest. After that, the case unraveled quickly through interrogations and the installation of cameras on the property. Det. Mike Flynn reported,
“After we put the cameras up they hit the property again three out of four days, including once while we were there.”
He and Det. Bobby Silvers explained, in an unusual twist, that not only was the property being hit repeatedly, that the thieves were hitting it separately which forced one of them to place their own chains and locks on the gate.
Around $70,000 worth of property has been recovered including the rare V-10 Viper engine. Most of the property was recovered from a residence in Cherokee County where Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office assisted and played a vital role in the success of our local CID.
The investigation has identified yet another location involved in the burglaries and they are following leads on others. More property is anticipated to be recovered and more arrests are sure to follow.