CAIRO — Authorities from multiple south Georgia municipalities were involved in a lengthy chase involving a vehicle that was stolen from the City of Cairo over the weekend, and a second truck was also reported stolen.
According to the Camilla Police Department, Deward Lee Waller jumped out of a vehicle with markings that identified it with the City of Cairo early Sunday morning following a chase with police. Waller attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended shortly thereafter.
Officers with the Cairo Police Department had earlier responded to a report of a city vehicle sitting in the roadway down the street from the city shop at about 6:43 a.m. When police arrived, they found a 1995 Ford F-150 with a utility trailer attached abandoned along 6th Street SW at the intersection of 4th Avenue SW. Underneath the truck were fence parts near the rear axle and wrapped under the trailer, an incident report says.
Investigators quickly discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from the city shop on 6th Street SW. The vehicle had been driven through the front gate of the city shop.
While investigating the scene, police were notified by authorities in Pelham that a chase had just occurred with a Cairo city vehicle but that the suspect, Waller, eluded capture.
Shortly after that, officers in Camilla notified Cairo authorities that they were in pursuit of the same vehicle.
Waller, 17, was charged with felony theft by taking, first degree criminal damage to property and felony theft by receiving stolen property.
Camilla authorities had the vehicle, a 2007 Ford F-150 valued at $12,500, towed back to Cairo.