Three charged in Christmas Eve auto theft

Investigators from the Bibb and Jones county sheriff’s offices arrested three more people in a Macon auto theft case from Christmas Eve, and warrants have been taken out for another.

One of the suspects involved later used the stolen auto in an armed robbery and carjacking in north Bibb County, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Shane Upshaw Jr., 23, Jack William Black, 31, and Ashley Williams, 18, all of Jones County, were charged in the case. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 18-year-old Matthew Kyle Walton from Jones County. Walton is accused of theft by taking auto, according to the release.

Upshaw, who is being held in the Bibb County jail without bond, was charged with theft by taking auto, armed robbery and carjacking. Black, at the Bibb jail with bond, and Williams, in custody at the Jones County jail, were both charged with theft by taking auto.

According to the news release, Upshaw, Black, Williams and Walton are accused of stealing a Chevrolet Suburban from the Marathon gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Macon. The four allegedly took the suburban to Jones County, and Upshaw allegedly picked up Tyler Lane Caruthers at a Jones County home, the release stated.

Upshaw and Caruthers then used the Suburban later that morning in the armed robbery and carjacking at the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot on 121 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. in Macon, authorities said in the release. Caruthers was arrested Dec. 24, 2010, in east Bibb County following a short chase. He was charged with a variety of crimes, including carjacking, theft by taking auto, eluding police, reckless driving and violating State Court probation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 746-9441.