The SCSO on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 executed a search warrant at Caldwell’s 1765 Birdie Road residence, and officials say much stolen property was recovered at that time including a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck, a Civil War cannon that was stolen from Grant Park in Atlanta and valued at more than $100,000 and more than $85,000 worth of fireworks.
“(Caldwell) turned himself in Tuesday with his attorney,” said Capt. Tony Ranieri, of the SCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division. “He was charged with the family violence charges related to an incident with his girlfriend and theft by receiving stolen property — we recovered the Dodge Ram pickup truck that was stolen out of Cobb County. The fireworks, they were confirmed stolen, too. Basically, they are the type of fireworks that retail stores sale. After the Fourth of July, stores send the fireworks back, but this truck was diverted. The firework company came down Wednesday and inventoried everything and the fireworks were returned to them.”
According to Ranieri, investigators were told a statement from the suspect would be forthcoming, but that has yet to happen.
“At the time he turned himself in, his attorney, Lee Sexton, didn’t want him to make a statement. We were told that after he made bond, he would come in and make a statement about where this property came from,” Ranieri said. “We’ve yet to hear from Caldwell or his attorney, so we’re moving forward with the investigation on our end.”
Ranieri said in addition to the items already identified as stolen, authorities are looking into the possibility that Caldwell possessed other stolen items.
“We have some more items we removed from the property. Once we confirm these items are stolen, we will adjust the charges accordingly,” he said. “Adam Caldwell lived there by himself — he was leasing the property from his mother. Since he was the one leasing the property, he is responsible for the items on that property.”