An alleged thief found out this past weekend that it was probably not a good idea to target Graham Automative. The incident resulted in the arrest of John Steven Perry, 36, of Bethlehem.
According to the incident report from Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Timothy Bowdoin was looking at his security cameras on his phone when he noticed a white man walking around his business after hours. He saw that the man had driven up in a blue Ford 150 at about 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 31 and proceeded to spend the next four hours allegedly loading up items from the property. These included a small air compressor, a battery charger, a small vacuum and some cans of freon. He then allegedly began walking between the vehicles on the property.
When Walton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report on Sunday morning, and walked around the property with Bowdoin, it was discovered that some of the trucks had hub caps missing and attempts have been made to take tires off the trucks.
The hub caps were later located – and so was the suspect. Bowdoin and his wife spotted him later that same morning at the flea market in Loganville.
“We saw the truck and pulled in and my husband confronted him and called 911 – and then he tried to run and we chased him,” said Melissa Bowdoin.
They did not have to chase him far. The suspect was surrounded by deputies from WCSO and Georgia State Patrol and arrested at the traffic light on Highway 78 and Broadnax Mill Road. They were also able to recover the stolen property which allegedly was located in the back seat of the truck.
Perry is now currently in the WCSO detention center facing charges of theft by taking, loitering or prowling, criminal trespass and entering auto.
(Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.)