Lowndes County Deputies continued the arrest sweep of suspects in the rash of local burglaries by nabbing four people last Thursday.
With the help of Lowndes-Metro Narcotics and the US Marshal Service, Investigators with the Sheriff’s Department served three search warrants that resulted in the arrest of Kelly Johnson, Marcus Ross, Timothy Ross and Adrian Erby. Alesia Epps was arrested over the weekend and investigators are still looking for her supposed accomplice Michael Fortune.
Johnson, Marcus Ross and Timothy Ross were all arrested in the first search warrant of the day at 758 Hairston Bend Road. When law enforcement officials entered the residence, they reportedly found the three sitting around the stolen property and smoking marijuana. In addition to the stolen guns, big screen TV’s and $130 in cash, a substantial amount of marijuana was discovered totaling over eight pounds and worth more than $12,000.00 in street value.
In the second search warrant, deputies surrounded 610 18th Street North and arrested Adrian Erby. Erby lives at 819 Waterworks Road but was believed to be staying on 18th Street with his girlfriend who was also inside the home when deputies arrived. Investigators were inside the residence for well over an hour, removing stolen property that had been hidden inside the walls. They recovered two flat screen TV’s, firearms and bows from the home. Animal control was called in to remove the numerous pitbulls caged
behind the residence.
In the time it took investigators to properly search the home and collect evidence, a large crowd gathered along the side street. Lowndes County Deputies set up a perimeter when they arrived and the growing crowd had to be told repeatedly to get back.
Erby’s sister, a woman who wished only to be identified as “Eisha,” openly voiced her frustrations with the level of security around the home saying, “They charging him with burglary? It ain’t like he murdered no one. They don’t need all these people here. F*** the police. All they do is harass black folks.”
Erby was arrested on scene and charged with possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
At the last house of the day, investigators hit the 1000 block of Ranson Road. While no one was home at the time, a smoldering pile of stolen property was still smoking in the back yard.
Deputies recovered multiple weapons, ammunition, stereo equipment and jewelry, including a Rolex watch that had been burned beyond recognition.
Suspects Michael Fortune and Alesia Epps fled to Tennessee to escape capture but Epps was apprehended Saturday night when she returned back to Lowndes County. Fortune is still on the run and believed to be in Tennessee.
According to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, 21 people have been arrested and charged with burglary since January. While Sheriff Mike Arledge is pleased with the headway being made in the investigations, he says of the recent arrests, “These arrests are just the first of many more to come.”