Macon vigilante on wheels arrested after bike theft

lfabian@macon.comMay 19, 2014 

As a Lake Wildwood woman left home Monday morning, she spotted her bicycle going down the road with someone else peddling.

She called her husband to report the alleged theft, and he jumped into action.

Bryan Dorough got into his car and set out to find the man, who had ridden onto Thomaston Road.

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies got on the case when they got a report of an accident with injuries -- a person had been hit in the 6000 block of Thomaston Road, just across from Jack’s Saw Shop.

What they found apparently was no accident.

When deputies got to the hill up from Heritage Elementary, 26-year-old James Browne had been knocked off the bike. Witnesses told authorities that Dorough hit the bike with his car.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Dorough got out and started hitting Browne with his hands, according to a release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Browne, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, sustained minor injuries but refused treatment from paramedics at the scene. Dorough was not hurt, the release said.

Both men were arrested and taken to jail. They were later released on bail.

Browne, who lives on Table Mountain Drive, which is a couple of streets down Greentree Parkway from the Doroughs in the gated community, is charged with theft by taking. Dorough was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.

His wife’s nostalgic looking bicycle with white fenders and whitewall tires was recovered and appeared to be in pretty good shape.

One of its hand grips had slipped down the handle bars, and a plug of weeds was shooting out the end that must have landed in dirt on the side of the road.

Bibb campus police also responded to the accident due to the proximity of the school.

Investigators ask anyone with information in the case to call the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the District 4 supervisor, or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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