A Forsyth man is being held in the Spalding County Jail on charges of reportedly running a motor vehicle chop shop of stolen and altered property.
Brandon Tatum, 42, is also charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of officers.
Tatum waived a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday in front of Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh.
According to a Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a confidential source informed deputies of a possible stolen camper on Chuli Road. The source sent pictures of the camper to the SCSO, and the camper reportedly matched the description of a camper posted on Facebook and reported as stolen.
A GCIC check found the camper was reported stolen out of Henry County.
The source also told deputies that Tatum possibly cut up the camper and burned it, the report stated.
SCSO investigators executed a search warrant on the Chuli Road property and allegedly found items in the residence that belonged to the stolen camper’s owner. Another SCSO agent reportedly found parts of a camper lying on the property, such as an RV-style hot water heater, furnace blower, awning, camper windows and a cut up bumper guard, according to the report.
The agent is reported to have also found car parts and a cut up jet ski. An aluminum side of a camper was allegedly found in a burn pile and appeared to be burned in an attempt to destroy it, the report added.
Tatum was then located in the residence in a portion of the attic that was only accessible through a closet ceiling access door.
The suspect told deputies he “invokes the fifth” and that he needed to go to the emergency room because he had allegedly swallowed 3 grams of methamphetamine.
According to the incident report, a search of the residence reportedly found multiple drug-related objects and suspected meth.
Tatum was booked into the Spalding County Jail following his release from the emergency room.