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.