Bandit who crashed into store and took an ice cream is accused of more crimes

Christopher Matthew Gage
Christopher Matthew Gage

A Macon teen accused of smashing a pickup into store and stealing an ice cream is now charged in additional break-ins.

Christopher Matthew Gage, 18, initially was arrested after surveillance images linked him to the burglary of the Dollar Tree at 5033 Brookhaven Road at about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Footage shows him putting the ice cream in his front shirt pocket and leaving, the report stated.

Bibb County sheriff’s investigators now say Gage left the store and burglarized the First Evangelical Church at 3401 Fulton Mill Road.

Someone at the church caught Gage standing behind the door of the kitchen that had been rummaged through. Food was loaded in a black plastic bag, the report stated.

Gage was told to leave but left behind a black Dickies jacket with broken glass inside both front pockets.

The man at the church later noticed a television was taken down from the wall and electronics were damaged. Two vans on the property also were broken into and a few dollars was taken, according to a news release.

After he left the church, Gage is accused of breaking into Grant and Cook Equipment Co. at 3439 Fulton Mill Road and entering a vehicle on the property. The business owner saw him, Gage left and later abandoned the truck on Columbus Road, deputies say.

The 2004 Chevrolet truck used in the crimes was taken Monday from the Holiday Inn Express on Harrison Road.

Gage, whose address is listed at the Econo Lodge on Chambers Road, is being held in the Bibb County jail on a $36,400 bond.

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Liz Jarvis Fabian has reported public safety issues in Middle Georgia for over 36 years. The former storm chaser and news anchor for The Weather Channel has won numerous awards including McClatchy President’s Awards for breaking news team coverage. Fabian was named Georgia AP’s best beat reporter in 2017.