By STAFF REPORTS
Three Atlanta men were charged in connection with a Sunday burglary at Wade Tractor in Griffin, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.
According to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Ricky Hodge, 53, was charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit motor vehicle theft, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, probation violation, and Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
Quintavious Wyatt, 61, was charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit motor vehicle theft, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, and probation violation.
Barry Rowell, 30, was charged with possession of drug-related objects.
According to an SCSO press release, deputies were dispatched to a burglar alarm call at Wade Tractor, 1218 Enterprise Way, Griffin.
When checking the business, deputies found that entry had been made to the rear of the yard where tractors, ATVs, and UTVs for sale are displayed. A lock had been cut off one of the gates.
The owner was contacted, arrived on scene, and reviewed the surveillance video with deputies.
The video showed a U-Haul truck pulling an enclosed trailer enter the property via the gate with the cut lock and three men attempting to load a Polaris into the trailer.
“Fortunately, their attempt to steal the Polaris failed because the one they attempted to steal would not fit in the trailer they brought with them,” Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said. “Based on more information that was gathered from the security video, a lookout was given on the suspects that included physical descriptions and the U-Haul unit number.”
Later in the day, Deputy James Dildy saw a U-Haul matching the description on North Expressway pulling another trailer behind it. He verified that it was the same U-Haul that was used in the burglary and he pulled the vehicle over.
Three men were in the vehicle — Rowell, Hodge, and Wyatt. The suspects were detained and the U-Haul was processed by investigators.
After investigators interviewed the suspects, it was determined that Hodge and Wyatt were two of the three suspects caught on video at Wade Tractor earlier that morning. The SCSO said Rowell was not involved in the original incident.
It was later learned that they had returned the trailer that was too small and rented a bigger one with plans to go back and try the theft again.
“Our Uniform Patrol Division deputies and criminal investigators working in cooperation with the business owners of Wade Tractor led to the arrests in this case,” Dix said. “It also prevented further thefts from Wade Tractor and possibly other dealerships that the suspects may have targeted.”