Two former Macon police officers, one of whom has a history of being suspended from the force, have been implicated in other recent crimes.
The officers, who were charged in the Thursday theft of a plumbing companys tractor, also have been tied to a burglary at a doctors office and a break-in at an orthodontists office while they were on duty. In addition, one of the officers allegedly stole a lawn mower and a utility trailer from the Bibb County school systems maintenance yard, according to an arrest warrant.
Troy Guidry, 41, and Jon Wantz, 32, are charged with theft by taking, criminal trespass, burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime and violation of the oath of office.
Guidry was re-arrested Monday on two additional charges of theft, two counts of using articles with an altered identification mark and one count of fiduciary theft, according to warrants and jail records.
Both men resigned Thursday in lieu of termination, according to Internal Affairs records.
Guidry and Wantz allegedly burglarized a doctors office at the North Macon Medical Complex, 3951 Ridge Ave., on Thursday and took a laptop computer. Police have not said whether the computer has been recovered.
That same day, the officers allegedly entered Boone Orthodontics, 3150 Northside Drive, through an unsecured side window while on duty. They planned to come back later and steal a TV.
About 3 a.m. Thursday, Guidry and Wantz allegedly used a pellet gun to shoot out lighting fixtures at Mr. Rooter, 2688 Roff Ave. Police found pellets inside the patrol car Wantz had used that morning.
Video surveillance and cellphone calls between Wantz and Guidry implicate Guidry in damaging the lights and stealing a Kubota tractor and trailer from the business. The tractor and trailer later were recovered behind Guidrys Juliette home.
Authorities found a utility trailer and lawn mower at Guidrys home that had been stolen from the Bibb County school systems maintenance yard, 2048 Roff Ave., in August.
Workers had been called to the yard about a week before the trailer theft was discovered to let a Macon police officer out of the locked gate. Police recently identified Guidry as the officer.
Its unclear whether Guidry was in uniform while locked in the maintenance yard.
A 1993 Chevrolet truck stolen from the maintenance yard also was recovered. The warrants dont say where authorities found the truck or who is accused of taking it.
The vehicle identification number had been removed from the trailer. Guidrys wife gave police the VIN tag that had been inside Guidrys vehicle.
Guidry and Wantz were assigned to the police departments Precinct 3, which is headquartered on Pio Nono Avenue, less than a mile from Mr. Rooter and the school systems maintenance yard.
Authorities recovered a laptop computer from Guidrys home that had been stolen from a Macon police patrol vehicle. The serial number had been removed, but police were able to identify it as belonging to the department.
Chief Mike Burns said records pertaining to Guidrys and Wantzs resignations will be sent to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. The records will show that the officers stepped down while pending termination.
It will red flag them and they will lose their certification, Burns said.
The police investigation into the officers alleged crimes still is ongoing, said Jami Gaudet, police spokeswoman.
Its unclear whether any additional charges could be pending. Both men have been released on bond, according to county jail records.
Gaudet said police arent answering many questions about the case because its early in the investigation.
They are taking the time to properly investigate all angles of the case, she said.
Internal Affairs records show five complaints have been filed against Wantz since he was hired in 2006. He was disciplined twice for failure to appear in Macon Municipal Court. He got verbal counseling in 2008 and a written reprimand in 2009. The other three complaints didnt result in any discipline.
Seven complaints were filed against Guidry, who was hired in 2009. He was suspended on four occasions for time ranging from one day to five days, according to Internal Affairs records.
The records show:
Guidry was disciplined twice in 2010 for failure to appear in Macon Municipal Court. He received verbal counseling in July of that year and was suspended for a day in October.
In November 2010, Guidry was suspended for five days for violating vehicle operating procedures during a July traffic stop that involved him firing two shots at a fleeing vehicle.
The officer tried to stop a car on Millerfield Road for failure to dim headlights. The car didnt stop and Guidry chased it at a slow speed, at one point driving in the oncoming traffic lane. The vehicles collided, sideswiping each other. The suspect again tried to drive away, turning in front of Guidrys patrol car and causing Guidry to crash into the fleeing car.
Guidry told police he got out of his car and was walking beside the suspects car when it sped off toward a nearby apartment complex, brushing against the officers leg.
He lost his footing for a moment, but after regaining it, he fired two shots at the driver.
If he was gonna run me over, whats he going to do to somebody in the apartment complex? Im in a marked unit, lights and sirens. Im wearing a uniform. They knew exactly who I was, Guidry told police. So if hes willing to run me over, hell run anybody over.
In 2011, Guidry received a written reprimand for driving his patrol car home to Monroe County without permission.
He was suspended for one day in March 2012 after he admitted having a list of personal identification numbers used by Precinct 3 officers to fuel their patrol cars, and giving one officers PIN to another officer. Guidry told police at the time that the list appeared in his work mailbox and that he allowed another officer to look at it because the officers PIN wasnt working.
In 2012, Guidry was suspended for three days after he failed to appear before a grand jury after being subpoenaed.
One complaint didnt result in disciplinary action.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.