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Man caught red-handed with stolen items
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 07, 2013 | 2124 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
What began as a Jones County deputy’s second look at a suspicious vehicle in a residential neighborhood ended in the arrest of a suspect on burglary charges who has served time in the Georgia Department of Corrections six times for similar offenses.

Monte Dale Thompson, 62, gave officers an address of East Virginia Lane in Jones County, which is only a few doors down from the house he allegedly burglarized. He was arrested Feb. 16 by Deputy Mike Pruitt and charged with burglary, operation of a vehicle without a current plate, no proof insurance and two charges for running stop signs.

The deputy said he was patrolling the area because of recent burglaries and noticed a gold SUV backing out of a driveway with what looked like appliances on a trailer.

Pruitt said he stopped to see where the SUV was headed, and the vehicle stopped too. The deputy said he circled around the street and met the SUV coming the other way. One thing he noticed was the appliances did not appear new, which they would have if the driver was a contractor installing appliances.

By the time the deputy turned around, the vehicle had gone. He was able to spot the SUV and followed it through the subdivision, observing the driver running at least two stop signs. He caught up with it again at the corner of New Clinton and Shurling Drive. Pruitt said he had the driver pull into a nearby gas station, and the first indication of a problem was the license plate number belonged to another vehicle.

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