Armed robbery suspect in jail

First Posted: 6:32 am - July 24th, 2015 Updated: 8:57 am - July 24th, 2015.

By Ashley Biles - abiles@civitasmedia.com

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Law enforcement agencies in Thomaston and Upson County have successfully removed two criminals off the streets of the community in the last week and a half.

According to Thomaston Police Department Captain Sidney Corley, an armed robbery occurred Monday evening at Avera Estates, with the victim being robbed at knifepoint. The alleged robber, a 29-year-old white male from Spalding County, was questioned by TPD early Tuesday morning when he was found loitering, and was then arrested when it was discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest in Spalding County. Capt. Corley stated it was not until after he was taken into custody for Spalding County, that it was determined he was involved in the Thomaston robbery. He is currently being held in the Spalding County Jail.

The robbery occurred when the alleged robber was let into Avera Estates by a resident in the building. Residents of Avera Estates have to have a key card to get in and visitors must be buzzed in by someone inside. Corley stated after the alleged robber was let in, he began banging on doors of the residents to see if he could gain access. The victim, a 62-year-old white male, opened the door and the alleged robber pulled a knife and forced his way inside. He demanded money and eventually left with a small amount of change and some personal items. The victim was not physically injured during the crime.

Capt. Corley stated the accused will be charged with a minimum of armed robbery and burglary. He also noted this is one of, if not the only robbery that he knows of occurring at Avera Estates and believes this was just a crime of opportunity.

Drug bust

According to Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore, local law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on July 16 between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. at the residence of Markqis Foster, 29, of 105 Pebblecreek Road in Thomaston. Foster was found to be in unlawful possession of three sandwich bags containing Marijuana along with a set of digital scales.

Foster was arrested and transported to the Upson County Jail where he was charged with Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute. His bond was set at $100,000 by Upson County Magistrate Judge Ed Searcy.

Sheriff Kilgore stated law enforcement officers from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, Thomaston Police Department, Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office assisted in executing the search warrant.

Ashley Biles can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1.


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