WARNER ROBINS -- Police made their first arrest from the agency’s new anonymous tipster service early Thursday, a spokeswoman said.
Blake Thomas Selph, 23, of Warner Robins, was arrested on a Florida parole violation warrant for cocaine possession, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police. He also was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Warner Robins police received a detailed tip about 11:33 p.m. Monday of a white Honda Accord frequently parked outside a home at 115 Austin Ave., a Warner Robins police news release stated. The anonymous tip of people sitting in the car with drugs was submitted through the TipSubmit smart phone application.
At 12:18 a.m. Thursday, an officer assigned to the agency’s Selective Targeting Operational Police Unit, or STOP, was on patrol in the neighborhood when he spotted a car that matched the vehicle description given by the tipster, the release stated.
Selph and another person were sitting inside the car, the officer smelled marijuana, the car was searched and less than an ounce of marijuana was discovered. Selph claimed full ownership of the marijuana, and the other person in the car was not charged, Pugh said.
Also, the open warrant for Selph popped up when his ID was run through the Georgia Crime Information Center, a crime reporting database of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Pugh said the arrest underscores the importance of reporting suspicious activity. She said other tips have been submitted that are actively being pursued by Warner Robins police or were forwarded to other agencies.
Tips may be made by sending a text message from a mobile phone by typing 274637 (CRIMES) in the “send to” number and then typing WRPD and the tip into the body of the text message. A tutorial video about how to send tips this way is on the police website, wrpolice.org, Pugh said.
Also, tipsters may download the free mobile iPhone or Android applications that allow users to submit photographs with the tip from the agency’s website. The third way to submit a tip is to access the TipSoft web form online.
Warner Robins police launched TipSubmit Dec. 13.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.