On February 5, 2016, the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force
and the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on
the residence of Carlos Octavious Waters, located at 608 North
5th Street Cordele.
The investigation of Waters started
when agents received information from citizens concerning the
amount of traffic coming and going from the residence.
Surveillance was begun on the
residence along with other investigative techniques. Eventually
task force agents and deputies obtained enough information to
apply for and receive a search warrant.
the search warrant was served Carlos Waters, a female, and an
infant were present at the residence. Once the residence was
secured by law enforcement, a search began. Agents and deputies
recovered eleven plastic bags of a high-potency marijuana
referred to as "Loud" or "Hydro" with a total approximate weight
of eleven ounces valued at $3,000.00. Digital scales, packaging
material utilized to package the marijuana with to sell, and
$1,525.00 in cash was also seized.
was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the
intent to distribute and is currently being held at the Crisp
County Detention Center. During the time of his arrest Waters
was out on bond from previous drug charges made against him in
COMMON TYPES OF SCAMS
• You have overdue utilities. You need to pay now or we will
shut off your utilities.
• Scammers ask for money transfers via debit cards.
• Your son/grandson or daughter/granddaughter got into a car
• A friend or family member requests money for emergency.
• A friend or family is stuck in another country and is trying
to get home. Send money
HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM
• Monitor your incoming calls carefully.
• DO NOT pick up calls from unknown numbers or callers. If the
information is important or urgent, the callers will probably
leave a voicemail or find another way to contact you.
• Notify family members to determine if an emergency exists.
• Never give out your personal information (example: credit card
numbers, social security numbers, birth dates)
• Please be cautious if you decide to call the caller back. Some
scams are designed to bill victims for international calls
(typically a $19.95 charge).
• DO NOT send cash and DO NOT wire money until you verify the
• The scammer will ask you to buy a prepaid debit card and ask
you for the code on back of the card. DO NOT give them that
Local Cub Scouts
came to the Sheriff's Office to learn about weather, finger
prints, and other "stuff". They are our future leaders. Thanks
to all CCSO members who helped.
Hancock exchanged challenge coins with "THE CRIME FIGHTER"
Sheriff Victor Hill at the Crisp County Sheriff's Office.
Youngblood and Sgt. Michael Fraser taught a self defense class
this week at Destiny Fitness. Shown are the ladies that
NEW! The Public
Firearms Familiarization Class on Thursday, January 28th, has
reached maximum enrollment. Please check back for future
classes to be announced.
On January 11,
2016, at approximately 5:00am, E911 notified Crisp County
Sheriff’s deputies of a security inspection possible armed
robbery after receiving a call about an encounter on Farmers
Market Road. The caller managed to follow the vehicle from
Farmer’s Market Road to Pecan Street and 22nd Avenue where
Cordele Police Department were able to stop the vehicle. The
traffic stop yielded two weapons, an assault rifle and a pellet
gun. Deputies transported four
suspects from the stop location to the Crisp County Sheriff’s
office and Sgt. Bray began his investigation. After multiple
interviews it was determined that 18 year old Cameron Buffington
and 19 year old Thomas Souter attempted to rob at gun point 28
year old Michael Newell, 29 year old Garhardt Bittner and 28
year old Ann Clifton all of Cordele, after the parties met for
unknown reasons. Both Buffington and Souter are charged with
Aggravated Assault with the intent to rob. Also charged with
party to the crime are 18 year old Justin Gloss and 17 year old
Brandon Lee as the two passengers in the vehicle and had prior
knowledge of the crime.
recently spoke to a Neighborhood Watch group. Call Capt Cathy
Childs or Sgt Michael Fraser at (229) 276-2600 if you have an
interest in neighborhood watch.
Report A Crime
Life-Threatening Emergencies Only
The police alone
cannot achieve crime prevention. Together professional law
enforcement officers must work hand-in-hand with the public to
fight crime and neighborhood disorder throughout our
communities. As such, we depend heavily on your assistance in
reporting crimes to law enforcement. The following numbers are
provided for your use and convenience....
anonymous tips, text CRIMES to (229) 322-8891 on your cell
phone, visit our
Crime Stopper Page, or call us (229) 276-2600.
December 28, 2015, while assisting Cordele Police Department
responding to an armed robbery of the CVS on 16th Avenue in
Cordele, Sheriff Billy Hancock encountered a white Chevrolet
Malibu operating in a suspicious manner. A chase ensued as
Sheriff Billy Hancock attempted to stop the vehicle. After
several twists and turns the driver of the vehicle jumped from
the vehicle, which came to a rest against a utility pole. The
suspect fled on foot, leaving the bag he was in possession of on
the porch of a residence. Sheriff Billy Hancock was able to
recover the bag, but he lost sight of the suspect. After further
investigation, it was determined that the driver was 35 year-old Quirion Coley of Vienna, Georgia. Coley has been charged with
possession of marijuana (less than an ounce), Trafficking MDMA
and Trafficking Cocaine. $4000 cash money was also
recovered in a sealed bag. He is detained at the Crisp County
Law Enforcement Center.
The Blue Line
symbol is a representation of the officers who
have given their
life in the line of duty and those who serve today.
2015 Line of Duty Deaths: 129
9/11 related illness: 6
Aircraft accident: 1
Automobile accident: 28
Duty related illness: 2
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 18
Motorcycle accident: 4
Struck by vehicle: 5
Vehicle pursuit: 5
Vehicular assault: 7
In a proactive
approach to recent activities inside the City Limits of Cordele,
the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office will be reallocating manpower
to assist the Officers in an effort to deter recent criminal
activity. In the coming days we will be assisted by State
agencies with the same goal in mind. We have discussed this plan
with District Attorney, Denise Fachini, who met with Interim
Police Chief Louis Green last week.
want the citizens to be fully aware of our targeted actions. The
Crisp County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing our
citizens the safety and security that they deserve. This will be
a zero-tolerance approach, and all those whom law enforcement
come in contact with violating the law will be charged.
Say Something results in marijuana bust. Concerned citizens are
becoming more vocal about drug activity in their community. As a
result, 26 year-old Darryl Dequan Taylor was arrested and is
charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
and possession of marijuana within 1000ft of a housing project.
Today, December 30, 2015, Taylor was found to be in possession
of approximately 4 ounces of marijuana that was packaged to
On December 19th,
Subway in Cordele was robbed and on December 20th, Cordele's
O’Reilly’s Auto Parts was robbed. Captain Denise Youngblood,
Chief Investigator for the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office,
received information from the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement regarding armed robberies of Subway and Dollar
General Stores in Hernando County, Florida. On Christmas Eve,
following up on the information Captain Youngblood received,
Sheriff Billy Hancock worked in
conjunction with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Florida
authorities shared information, pertaining to their robberies in
comparison to the robberies in Cordele. Similarities of the
robberies were significant enough that Sheriff Billy Hancock
spent Christmas Day comparing surveillance video obtained from
the robberies. On Tuesday, December 23rd, authorities in
Brooksville, Florida responded to a frantic 911 call from an
employee at the Dollar General in Ridge Manor West stating that
they had been robbed at gunpoint. A pursuit with authorities
ensued with the suspects. One of the suspects was apprehended
without incident, however the second suspect was shot and killed
by law enforcement. Sheriff Billy Hancock confidently announces
the suspect that was shot, 29 year-old Michael Hilber was in
fact the armed robber involved in the robberies of Subway and
O’Reilly’s earlier in December. Captain Youngblood continued the
investigation and was able to obtain positive identification of
the individual by both victims. Additionally, Detective Ketorie
Sales with the Cordele Police Department confirms the vehicle
and clothing recovered by Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
matches the description provided at the time of the incident.
Hancock wants you to know the season for thieves has arrived.
With many "new" items in your home from Christmas, this is a
great time to update your home inventory. Please use the
provided form to document your items in the event your home is
the target of a burglary. Help us help you by taking a few
minutes to fill the form out and keep it in a safe place.
Click Here for the Crisp County Sheriff's Office Home Inventory
Form ("Save Link As" will allow you to save it as a .pdf
document on your computer).
Small UAS Registration Rule - As Christmas approaches, we know
Drones will be very popular this year. The FAA now
requires registration for all UAS.
Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all
aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small unmanned
aircraft (UAS) who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft
exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must
register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other
UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21,
2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may
use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined,
web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based
system must be at least 13 years old to register. Owners
may register through a web-based system at www.faa.gov/uas/registration
Hancock and his staff are concerned for the safety of the
children in Crisp County.
Crisp County Deputies spoke at Crisp County Primary School about
bike safety Friday. They covered the importance of helmet use,
hand signals, and warned them of the dangerous of unsafe bike
Crisp County Primary School Principal Mike Parker said it's good
for the students to see the officers face-to-face to help kids
understand that police care about them and their safety.
The Crisp County Sheriff's Office will give away a bike to one
student in each class at the primary school next week.
A 16-year old
juvenile has been arrested in connection with a string of thefts
from entering automobiles around Cedar Lake Subdivision and
District Line Road in the county as well as 8-10 others reported
in the city limits.
The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office and Cordele Police Department
worked together on the investigation.
The juvenile, whose name cannot be released due to age, is
charged with Criminal Damage to Property and Attempt to Commit
Three other suspects are currently being held on unrelated
charges, which could be connected to the crimes. Sheriff Billy
Hancock said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could
During the investigation multiple stolen items were recovered
including firearms, car stereos, and tools. Citizens should
exercise caution when purchasing items, especially firearms.
If you believe that you may be in possession of a stolen firearm
bring it in to the Sheriff’s Office. It could prevent you
from being charged with receiving stolen property.
is asking the you be vigilant in checking your surroundings.
PLEASE lock your vehicles at night and take your valuables
inside. Last week we had an incident where four (4) unknown
subjects were under a carport on Royal Road and last
night we had reports of criminal trespass in the Cedar Lake
Subdivision. Communicate with your neighbors and report any
suspicious activity. If you see something, say something! Call
Sheriff Billy Hancock announced November 25th they arrested three men in the case
of a man who was killed in a home invasion over the weekend.
Officials arrested Harold Brown, 46, John Dunlap, 32, on
Tuesday, and Christopher Rawls, 27 Wednesday morning. All
three men face charges of murder, malice murder, and charges
for home invasion, kidnapping, and assault are coming soon.
Sheriff Billy Hancock says two masked men showed up at Geoffrey
Jones' home on Old Penia Road around 1:30 Sunday morning, and
planned to rob him. He also said the three knew each before the
shooting. When Jones arrived, the three men got into an
argument. That's when the two masked men shot at Jones and
killed him. The men are in jail less than 72 hours after
investigators say they showed up at this home on Old Penia Road
intending to rob Jones.
Investigators have been working non-stop since 1:30 Sunday
morning. "I'm thankful for this country I live in, my God,
and I am thankful for these [investigators]," said Sheriff Billy
Hancock. More than a half dozen agencies have assisted in
the murder investigation. "Interviews Monday night led us
to some people that we wanted to question yesterday, which led
late yesterday afternoon to the district attorney's office
helping us prepare murder warrants, malice murder warrants, for
3 individuals," said Sheriff Billy Hancock. "We could not
have done it without everybody working together as a
team--dropping any particular uniform or badge, but just
becoming United as one," said Sheriff Billy Hancock.
Dunlap and Brown were caught Tuesday at their home in Cordele.
Rawls was caught this morning after a short foot chase in Dooly
County. "Rawls and Brown actually lived together in a
house here in Cordele. Dunlap was a neighbor and a close friend.
They all had some relationship sort of hustling on the streets,"
said GBI Agent Rhett Moore. Agents processed the car
today. They say Dunlap was driving as he dropped off Rawls and
Brown. They're accused of going inside to rob Jones, agents are
unsure of their relationship with him. "We're not sure exactly
if they had a close relationship, but they knew of him," said
The investigation is far from over. "I can assure you that
there's probably going to be more arrests. There are people in
this community who have hidden, who have given rides to, and
possibly tampered with evidence," said Sheriff Billy Hancock.
Jones’s girlfriend and another friend were home at the time of
the shooting and possibly witnessed it. Sheriff Billy
Hancock adds that it's time for folks in the community to stand
up. He urges you to call his office if you know anyone who
assisted in covering up this crime or had knowledge that they
withheld. The three suspects have not appeared before a judge
The sheriff's office was assisted by the GBI, the District
Attorney’s office, Community Supervision, Georgia State Patrol,
US Marshals, Cordele Police Department and the FBI.
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