THOMASVILLE — Thomasville police obtained a search warrant in Moultrie Monday morning to inspect a truck driven by a Leesburg man during a Sunday Thomasville incident.

The burgundy Chevrolet pickup contained more than $5,000 worth of merchandise police said was taken from a Thomasville business.

Lowe’s surveillance equipment showed a man taking items — power tools, fencing — from inside the store Sunday and placing the merchandise under a stack of mulch in the garden area near a fence.

Later, the man walked out of the U.S. 319 South store, cut a large hole in the fence, took the items and left, said Capt. Troy Rich, commander of the Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

“By the time police arrived, the suspect had fled the scene, but descriptions of the suspect and a vehicle were given,” Rich explained.

On Sunday afternoon, personnel at the Moultrie Lowe’s called Lowe’s here and said someone was trying to return property from the Thomasville store and receive a cash refund.

The description provided by Moultrie employees fit that of the man who took merchandise from the Thomasville store.

The suspect, Scott Theron George, 39, 179 Groover St., Leesburg, was arrested by a Colquitt County deputy and transported to the Thomas County Jail. He is charged with felony theft by taking.

The suspect’s truck, which is impounded in Moultrie, contains items Thomasville police want to look at, Rich said.

The investigation is continuing.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.


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