According to a sworn affidavit by GPD Sgt. Karen Yancy, the McKneelys engaged in racketeering activities of theft by receiving, in the furtherance of the enterprise, between May 8, 2007, and Aug. 26, 2009. The two are in the Spalding County Jail, where they are being held without bond. Their preliminary hearing is pending.
The CID investigation for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act started as an undercover operation and is still ongoing, according to GPD Investigator Bryan Clanton.
The investigation resulted in search warrants being executed at Pawn City and the McKneely residence at 1830 Swint Road in Orchard Hill. It also led to knowledge of a McKneely property in Bay County, Fla., according to GPD Investigator Tony Thomason.
“We were able to receive assistance from the Bay County Sheriff’s Department and sent two of our investigators down to their area. This led to another search warrant being executed in Bay County, Florida,” said Thomason.
“If anyone has a concern over pawned property that they lay claim to at Pawn City, they need to contact Pawn City and not the Griffin Police Department,” said GPD Investigator John Hayes.
The Griffin Police Department will be releasing more information as the investigation continues.