A CHASE ENDED IN THIS TALLAHASSEE parking lot with the arrests of two Grady County residents last week. (submitted photo)
A dramatic arrest of two burglary suspects from Grady County involved multiple law enforcement authorities including the U.S. Marshals in Tallahassee, where both suspects remain in custody, local officials say.
The suspects, Justin Hicks, 22, and Darby Carter, 20, were arrested the night of Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Grady County Sheriff’s newly formed drug unit made the arrest at approximately 9 p.m. with assistance from the U.S. Marshals and Leon County Sheriff’s Office S.P.I.D.E.R. unit.
Capt. Chris Luckey, commander of the Grady County Sheriff’s drug unit, says officers chased Hicks and Carter to a parking lot in Tallahassee where they were hemmed in and taken into custody.
The pair are being held on a number of charges related to a rash of burglaries that took place in the northern area of Grady County earlier this month. Both the Criminal Investigation Division and Drug Unit of the Grady County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating the break-ins since they were first reported Feb. 3.
Grady County Sheriff Harry Young says his investigators have worked “tirelessly” to locate the stolen items and find those responsible.
An initial suspect was arrested shortly after the burglaries were reported, and a fourth suspect wanted on warrants and wanted for questioning on the burglaries, was also caught Tuesday afternoon after a chase that ended on Aldridge Road, according to Sheriff Young.
“I think my guys do a great job. We’ve recovered about 80 percent of the items stolen,” says the Grady County sheriff.
He asks that anyone who may have received or purchased any tools, electronics or firearms from individuals to bring those items to the Grady County Sheriff’s Office to verify they are not stolen. “Making this attempt to return the property prevents you from being prosecuted for receiving stolen property,” states the sheriff.
Hicks is charged with two counts of burglary in the first degree, one count of burglary in the second degree, possession of a firearm/knife during the commission of a crime, entering auto and theft by taking motor vehicle.
Carter is charged with one count of burglary in the second degree, theft by taking motor vehicle, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, and entering auto.
Both suspects face additional charges in other jurisdictions, according to Capt. Luckey.