Valdosta Daily Times

January 2, 2014

3 charged in string of robberies

Adam Floyd
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Persistent law officers are being credited with bringing in two teenagers and a juvenile who have been charged in a string of robberies that began with a report of a burglary and kidnapping incident and ended in a four-wheeler chase.

At 1:07 p.m. Tuesday, Officers Heather Willis and Stacy Brogdon were on the lookout for suspects from a vehicle break-in at a Family Dollar store earlier that day, when they spotted a four-wheeler which matched the description of one stolen earlier that day from Valdosta Power Sports, reports stated.

The offenders initially eluded the officers, but Willis and Brogdon were able to locate the four-wheeler and take the offenders, Cedric Thomas, 18, William Gordon, 17 and a 15-year-old male juvenile, all of Valdosta, into custody, according to reports.

Thomas was charged with theft by entering an automobile for his alleged involvement in the break-in at the Family Dollar store parking lot.

He was also charged with theft by receiving stolen property and obstruction of a law

enforcement officer, reports


Gordon was in possession of items stolen during a robbery and kidnapping incident which occurred Saturday night at Kohl’s Department Store in which a person was pulled to the ground, and his cell phone and wallet were taken.

Kidnapping is defined as the moving of a person from one place to another, said Chief Brian Childress, and the victim was dragged on the ground, resulting in a technical kidnapping.

Gordon was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, reports stated.

The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with running a red light, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, theft by entering an automobile and theft by receiving stolen property, reports stated.

All three could face additional charges.

“Officers Willis and Brogdon and other Valdosta Police

officers demonstrated persistence and good police work,

resulting in three offenders being arrested and helping solve three separate crimes,” said