WR police say robbery likely the motive behind death of man found in storage bin

Police believe a Warner Robins man was killed for his red 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and ask that anyone who may have seen the car call authorities.

"We want to find the car," Warner Robins police Lt. Chris Rooks said today. "Leads are what puts us on the right path."

The body of Mario Maurice Smith, 25, a maintenance worker for the Houston County Board of Education, was discovered by his brother inside a storage bin Sunday afternoon, Rooks said.

Smith had been fatally shot and his car that he kept in storage at The Glass Doctor at 2305 Watson Blvd. was gone, the detective said.

"We're looking at it as a robbery," Rooks said. "The car itself is not expensive. It has expensive rims and it has been repainted."

The appeal of the car is probably more in its flashiness, the detective said.

The vintage car has a T-top roof and displayed Georgia license plate number ED31Z8.

The shooting marks the third homicide in Warner Robins this year, Rooks said. The average number of homicides recorded for the city since 1969 has been three, the detective said.

Anyone with information about the shooting or stolen vehicle is urged to contact Warner Robins police detective Mark Wright at 929-6906.