One of the individuals believed to be involved in a theft ring in the Broxton area was arrested this past Thursday night when officers went to his home to serve a probation warrant. Jesse David Floyd attempted to elude officers on foot was apprehended, and the officer slater discovered a large quantity of narcotics and several stolen items. He faces numerous felony charges and additional arrests are expected.
BPD’s Arrest Of Meth Dealer Leads To Break In Active ‘Theft Ring’
A routine execution of an arrest warrant by officers with the Broxton Police Department (BPD) turned into a much more significant case on Thursday, March 29, as the target they were arresting was found to be in possession of a large quantity of narcotics along with a slew of items that have been stolen and reported missing over the past few months.
According to Broxton Police Chief Scott Harper, BPD officers went to serve a felony probation warrant on 29-year old Jesse David Floyd at 450 Ocmulgee Street, Lot A-15, this past Thursday when Floyd jumped out of a window in the rear of the residence and began to run from the scene.
A brief foot pursuit ensued, but Floyd was quickly apprehended in a wooded area nearby.
Once Floyd was in custody, officers conducted a search of his home, which led to the discovery of quantities of marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription medication of various types in several different locations inside the residence. Syringes that tested positive for methamphetamine were also found.
As officers continued their search of the residence, they located several cordless power drills, several skill saws, two sawzalls, a belt sander, a small hand-held sander, a walk behind tiller, a weed eater, a large tool box with a large number of tools inside, and various other random items that were suspected to be stolen, including two county street signs.
Harper said some of the power tools were found to have different initials carved into them, leading the officers to believe that they had been stolen from other residences.
Floyd is currently being held at the Coffee County Jail on multiple felony charges, including: Felony Probation Violation; Possession of Methamphetamine; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Related Objects; Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer; five counts of Misdemeanor Theft by Taking; and Felony Theft by Taking.
Additional charges and arrests are expected.
Broxton Police Chief Harper said there has been a “rash of burglaries and thefts” in the Broxton area over the last few months, and it is believed to be the work of “multiple individuals working in a theft ring.”
Chief Harper stated, “My officers and I now have the names of others involved in these thefts and we are not going to sit back and wait for them to strike again. We are going to be aggressive on our stance with thieves just like we are with drug dealers. In almost every situation, the two are related.”
Harper added that he was “very thankful for the quick response” by two Coffee County Sheriff’s Office deputies who assisted the Broxton officers in the foot chase that led to Floyd’s arrest.