A fourth teenager was arrested Wednesday in connection with the four cars stolen from two midstate judges earlier this week, according to a Thursday news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
The 16-year-old, who was not named, is charged with theft by taking and criminal trespass. He is accused of taking three vehicles from the north Macon home of Bibb Superior Court Judge Tilman “Tripp” Self some time between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The teen also is charged with theft by receiving in connection with Houston State Court Judge Jason Ashford’s vehicle, which was stolen from Ashford’s wife while she was teaching at Middle Georgia State University on Monday. Ashford’s Ford Expedition was found Tuesday afternoon at Powers Plantation off Zebulon Road, near Self’s home.
The 16-year-old was turned over to the custody of his parent and has a date set for Juvenile Court.
Three others were also arrested in connection with the auto thefts.
Maury Makel Frye and Monteris Antonio Jackson, both 18, and an unnamed 14-year-old girl also were arrested. The girl and Jackson both were charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
Jackson, of a Carlo Avenue address, bonded out of jail Tuesday but was arrested again Wednesday on charges of making false statements, criminal trespass and theft by taking in connection with Self’s stolen cars, the release said.
Jackson remained in jail Thursday night on a $13,455 bond, records show.
Frye, of a Dolly Madison Court address, is charged with theft by receiving in connection with Ashford’s stolen vehicle. He is also charged with participating in criminal street gang activity, according to jail records.
The investigation is ongoing, but for now, “it does not appear that the victim’s vehicles were stolen because they are judges,” the release said.