Ex-cops get prison time for Macon theft

jkovac@macon.comNovember 20, 2013 

Two former Macon police officers were sentenced to prison Wednesday for their roles in thefts where prosecutors say the loot included a $25,000 Kubota tractor and a trailer, a heavy-duty lawn mower, laptop computers and a TV.

One of the convicted, Troy Everett Guidry, sold a stolen mower to his father in Louisiana for $1,000, prosecutors said.

Guidry’s partner in crime was 33-year-old Jon Adam Wantz.

Guidry was sentenced to five years behind bars. Wantz, who cooperated with investigators, was sentenced to four.

Prosecutors said their unlawful forays began late last year and ended with their arrests in January.

The two were caught after they made off with a $25,000 tractor from Mr. Rooter Plumbing on Roff Avenue, a couple of blocks from the Precinct 3 office where they worked on Pio Nono Avenue.

The tractor, stolen Jan. 24, Guidry’s birthday, was outfitted with a GPS locator, and the plumbing company tracked it to Guidry’s house in Monroe County.

Surveillance cameras from a shipping company on Roff Avenue captured video footage of a Macon police car following a truck that was hauling the tractor, Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke said.

The squad car, the DA said, was Wantz’s, and the truck in the video belonged to Guidry. Security lights at Mr. Rooter had been shot out with a pellet gun.

The lawn mower Guidry sold his father was stolen from the Bibb Board of Education, which has a bus barn a block or so east of the police department’s Precinct 3 outpost. Cooke said Guidry’s father was “very cooperative” with authorities and has since returned the mower.

Guidry pleaded guilty to violation of his oath of office, to stealing the tractor and its trailer and to criminal trespassing. Wantz pleaded to the same charges along with second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary in connection with a crime prosecutors say was planned.

Wantz, in exchange for helping investigators, was sentenced as a first-time offender. He pleaded guilty in October and was set to testify against Guidry had Guidry gone to trial.

After Wednesday’s hearing before Judge Tripp Self in Bibb Superior Court, Cooke said, “Crooked cops go to prison. ... If we can’t trust the cops, who can we trust?”

Guidry and Wantz were ordered to report to the Bibb County jail Dec. 2 to begin their prison terms.

Neither man offered remarks on his behalf at sentencing. But Wantz, upon leaving the courtroom, said, “It’s bad enough our faces will be all over the news.”

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