Twiggs officials: Three trapped in swamp arrested in four-wheeler theft case

Staff reportJanuary 21, 2014 

An effort to rescue three people from a Middle Georgia swamp ended Sunday night with the arrest of the trio.

Byron residents John Thomas Rauser, 32, and Devan Smith, 19, along with Carrie Glass, 34, of Fort Valley, are accused of stealing four-wheelers from a cabin near the Twiggs-Houston County line, according to a Tuesday news release from the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office. But because of river flooding, the suspects couldn’t get out of the area.

A fourth person connected to the trio of suspects told sheriff’s officials Sunday that when he learned Saturday night of the plan to steal the four-wheelers, he left the area.

The sheriff’s office, with the help of a Georgia State Patrol helicopter, located the three suspects and arrested them after officials discovered that recreational vehicles indeed had been stolen from the cabin. However, the nearby boat landing turned out to be in Houston County, so the three were taken to the jail there, according to the news release.

In addition to the original theft charges, Rauser was wanted on a Houston County warrant for probation violation, and Smith was wanted on a Bibb County forgery charge.

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