When he took a shower one morning in late September at a motel off Interstate 75 in Macon, a guest set some jewelry and his Boss cologne on the counter in his bathroom. Soon he noticed the stuff was missing. Told of the missing items, a manager at the Palm Tree Inn on Riverside Drive informed a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy that another guy staying at the motel might be the culprit. The manager and the deputy, along with the man whose belongings were missing, went to Room 340 and talked to the 45-year-old suspect. “While (the suspect) was speaking, he kept waving his hand around,” the deputy wrote in a report. It wasn’t long before the man whose stuff was stolen noticed something on the suspect’s finger and said, “Hey, man, can I see your hand? Let me see.” The suspect shoved his hands in his pockets. The deputy told him to take them out, and when he did, the other man said, “That’s my ring on your finger!” The culprit gave back the ring — a silver one worth about $50 — and took off running. He darted up a hill, where other deputies caught the man and jailed him for theft. The cologne didn’t turn up.
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