BOSTON — Lawmen did not have to look far to find the suspect in a caper that began in Thomasville and ended at a burglarized Boston business early Friday morning.
The Thomas County Sheriff's Office was notified about 5 a.m. Friday that a man had called 911 to say he stole a car in Thomasville and was in Boston.
The 29-year-old man, Quent Rashed Lankford, Law Street, Thomasville, told dispatch the vehicle was at the Citgo service station/convenience store on U.S. 84 East in Boston, said Lt. Tim Watkins, sheriff's office chief investigator.
A Boston police officer responded but was unable to locate the car or suspect.
"He called a third time and reported that he had broken into the Citgo and was drinking a beer," Watkins said.
Boston police found Lankford: He was inside the store drinking beer.
The stolen vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala taken from a Persimmon Street residence, was found in Thomasville.
The sheriff's office charged Lankford with second-degree burglary.
Theft by charges by Thomasville Police Department are pending.
Watkins said the suspect was possibly under the influence of drugs during the incident.
"He wanted to confess and turn himself in," Watkins said. "He called three times."
Lankford is in the Thomas County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.
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