Ringing cell phone helps catch UGA theft suspect

Monday, May 28, 2012 10:48 AM
Last updated Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:26 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A ringing cellphone helped University of Georgia police find a hiding thief shortly after he robbed two people at gunpoint near the corner of Finley and West Broad streets about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to an Athens-Clarke police report.

The robber first drew police attention when UGA officers traveling along Finley Street saw him running north toward Parkview homes carrying a gun.

Shortly after police saw him, two 23-year-old men flagged them down and said that a someone matching the runner’s description had just robbed them at gunpoint, according to the report.

Officers from the UGA and Athens-Clarke police departments searched through Parkview and set up a perimeter along surrounding streets, police said.

Police found a discarded handgun on the ground near a trash bin on Florida Avenue, according to the report.

As an officer stood by waiting to take pictures and collect the gun into evidence, he heard a cellphone ringing inside the trash bin, police said.

Officers opened the trash bin’s lid and found Zachariah Henry Garrett, 17, of Colbert hiding inside. They searched Garrett and the trash and recovered two stolen cellphones and $37 in cash, according to the report.

Neither victim was injured, and police charged Garrett with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, obstruction and giving false information, according to the report.

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Jeepster2001
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Jeepster2001 05/28/12 - 11:37 am
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Ringing cell phone helps catch UGA theft suspect
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@Soapy_725 - What in the heck are babbling about? Did a post get deleted ?? This is disjointed somehow...

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/28/12 - 01:16 pm
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@Jeepster

I am like you and thought what in the heck is he talking about! I was thinking that comments would be along the lines of "dumb criminals."

Jake
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Jake 05/28/12 - 01:59 pm
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Lesson learned

Note to self: Turn off phone when hiding from the police.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/28/12 - 02:35 pm
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Get Smart
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Reminds me of the old "Get Smart" TV series, years ago.

Was it Agent 13 who was always hiding in mail boxes, trash cans, ice machines and airport deposit lockers? I always found his character hilarious and I'm sure the deputies had a laugh when they opened the trash can and saw a face smiling....or perhaps grimacing back at them.

Gregory233
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Gregory233 05/29/12 - 04:18 am
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ringing phone

A couple of thing. You would thing that a running man carrying a gun would attract the police's attention. And if they can track the thief down by a ringing cellphone do you think it may have been a Tracfone

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/29/12 - 08:03 am
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Vibrate

Yeah, Jake, or he at least should have put it on vibrate.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/29/12 - 01:17 pm
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@soapy

jeepster and I thought you were off your rocker!! LOL! Glad you came back and explained. Isn't it great when we can laugh at ourselves! If I do it sometime, bust me. Have a great day!!!!!

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