Two Macon police officers were jailed Thursday on allegations they stole a tractor from a Macon plumbing business.
Troy Guidry, 41, of Monroe County, and 32-year-old Jon Adam Wantz, of Warner Robins, were charged with theft by taking, criminal trespass and violation of the oath of office. according to a Macon police news release issued late Thursday night.
Heath Vickers, owner of Mr. Rooter on Roff Avenue, said he and his staff reported to work about 7:30 a.m. Thursday and noticed some outdoor lights had been broken.
Not noticing anything missing, an employee checked the GPS locations for the businesss equipment and saw that a $25,000 tractor was in Juliette.
The tractor hadnt been left at a job site.
It had been stolen, along with its trailer, Vickers said.
After calling Macon police, Vickers drove to a mobile home on Ga. 87 in hopes of putting eyes on the tractor in case someone tried to move it.
Thats an expensive piece of equipment and I wasnt going to let them take it out of the state or anything like that, he said.
Vickers arrived at about the same time as Macon police and Monroe County deputies, who took Guidry into custody.
Wantz was arrested later Thursday, according to Bibb County jail records.
The tractor and its trailer were parked in the yard behind Guidry's mobile home, Vickers said.
Macon police Chief Mike Burns issued a statement Thursday saying the officers' actions won't be tolerated.
An incident like this is a black eye on all law enforcement officers who perform their sworn duties with dignity and integrity, and risk their lives daily on the job. This is a sad day for the MPD, but we will do our best to continue to protect the citizens of Macon and earn their trust, Burns said.
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