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Operation Smoke Screen down to two suspects at large

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 9:55 AM
Last updated 8:10 PM
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Only two of 116 Operation Smoke Screen suspects remain at large after two more were picked up this week.

Richmond County authorities booked 23-year-old Marquell James Washington into the Richmond County jail Monday and booked 19-year-old Carl Mingledolph on Wednesday.

Smoke Screen ended Feb. 28, seven months after undercover officers began operating Cheap Cigarettes II, a pawnshop that had previously been operating illegally on Peach Orchard Road. Through the operation, the sheriff’s office was able to identify 116 burglary suspects accused of selling stolen merchandise to undercover officers at the store.

The sheriff’s office has been booking suspects into jail since the operation ended, with 77 suspects caught the first day.

Deputies are still searching for David Anthony Owens, 19, and Jamel Antoine Cooper, 23.

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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/20/12 - 09:39 am
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Who are people in photos?

Who are the two people in the photos? The people captured or the people you are looking for and what are their names?

cheapster505
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cheapster505 06/20/12 - 11:08 am
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hmmmm?

not a white pic among them? "until all men are judged not by the color of their skin but by their character"

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/20/12 - 01:58 pm
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YEAH RIGHT
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Cause the PoPo just forced all those poor people to sell stolen stuff...they are a product of their poor upbringing. They were abused. They have drug problems...etc etc etc. Tired of the excuses..lock em up to keep the rest of us safe and our belongings safe. Now if we could just get rid of the swinging door liberal judges.

jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 06/20/12 - 05:19 pm
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Well

@Autumn, the first pic is Carl and the second one is Marquell. The two still at large are on the link below the picture. I had David as a student some years ago; he is extremely intelligent, streetwise, and they will probably be looking for him a l-o-o-o-ng time. I think that many of these people saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. That's the problem with certain types of stings; you perpetuate and create more of a crime problem than you clear up.

janderson1945
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janderson1945 06/20/12 - 07:26 pm
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Cheapster505

I agree, until all men are judged not by the color of their skin but by their character - so why did you need to inject race into this? No women were in the photos either, so what. These individuals no matter their race, age or sex broke laws, ingnored the 10 comandment and stole from others. There is no excuse, no defense no matter how hard anyone tries. Each of these thieves deserves to be where they are now except the 2 still at large. All of these grown adults chose to break the law and the law did their job very well.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 06/21/12 - 06:47 am
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since there are existing
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since there are existing pic's of jamel and david it seems to me they are no strangers to the system....it's time for a 2-3 strikes law if they are loose committing crimes on society or locked up for life they still cost the taxpayers, at least if they are locked up for life they are not out robbing, assulting, raping, or injuring innocent law-abiding taxpayers. the way i look at it these "fine individuals" are only "going back to the only school they know (jail)" for an advance degree to get out and rob, steal, or otherwise break the law again and again.

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rebellious 06/21/12 - 12:16 pm
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Get to them while they are young

Sure would be more cost effective if our Sheriff's deputies were working with these kids to show them the downside to crime when they are young rather than spend valuable tax dollars on catching them after the fact. Let's see, who is being touted as the master mind of this closing the barn door technique? Hmmmm. And I have heard someof those caught up in this "Smoke Screen" were pawns (no pun intended) paid a few dollars to go unload the contraband by the real thieves. How about a department that puts emphasis on kids before they steal. A stitch, in time, saves nine.

rebellious
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rebellious 06/21/12 - 12:16 pm
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Get to them while they are young

Sure would be more cost effective if our Sheriff's deputies were working with these kids to show them the downside to crime when they are young rather than spend valuable tax dollars on catching them after the fact. Let's see, who is being touted as the master mind of this closing the barn door technique? Hmmmm. And I have heard someof those caught up in this "Smoke Screen" were pawns (no pun intended) paid a few dollars to go unload the contraband by the real thieves. How about a department that puts emphasis on kids before they steal. A stitch, in time, saves nine.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 06/21/12 - 10:42 pm
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Rebellious

I actually agree with you. However, we now spend well over $100,000.00 per pupil to graduate them in Richmond County. Since 50% are dropping out and not graduating by the 12th grade, we basically waste $100,000.00 or more per student. We have campus police in every single school, sometimes 2 officers. There are programs with the police and kids, after school programs, boys and girls clubs, church groups, etc. Problem is, the government cannot raise children, nor should they. Until parents take personal responsibility and accountability back and teenagers accept the fact that they are not owed anything by anyone, nothing will change. It is the job of the Sheriff's Office to arrest criminals and they did a good job at it. For those who were just "pawns", they would only be charged with selling stolen merchandise since it could not be proven they actually stole the merchandise. However, most arrested were in fact thieves, armed ones at that and are exactly where they need to be, behind bars. While I agree we must do what we can to help, we should stop enabling and making excuses for criminals. Our deputies do have scared striaght programs, work with students in the schools and other places but in addition to them our government already spends a great deal for social workers to "work with them" before they become bad. Being born in the US, they have more opportunity that most people, even if they are poor. They are given free food, reduced or free housing, public transportation, a free education, access to free programs, churches, and athletics - these adults failed to take advantage of any of that and instead took advantage of law abiding citizens.

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