Suspect named 'Dirty' doesn't get away clean


THOMASVILLE — Locked vehicles did not stop a suspect police say bonded out of jail and started breaking into cars soon thereafter, according to a city police officer.

Anthony Wayne "Dirty" Harris was the subject of a manhunt Thursday after he was identified on surveillance video bursting windows to gain entry to a vehicle at a business in the 300 block of Davenport Drive.

Lt. Toby Knifer, a Thomasville Police Department commander, said Harris was identified this week breaking into eight locked vehicles in the downtown area of Crawford and Washington streets.

"We were able to determine it was the same person in all eight incidents," Knifer said.

On Monday, Harris was arrested by police at West Webster and North Broad streets driving a truck stolen from the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

"He bonded out of jail and went to breaking into vehicles," Knifer said. "As soon as he got out, we started to get entering autos."

Harris, 34, 115 South Pinetree Boulevard, Apartment 1408, was arrested late Thursday afternoon as he walked at the intersection of Steven and Merrill streets.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, Harris stole an employee's lunch and a carton of cigarettes at a West Jackson Street store, a police incident report states.

To date, Harris is charged with eight counts of entering auto and burglary.

The suspect is in the Thomas County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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