Macon Police Officers Arrested in Connection with Backhoe Theft
Two Macon Police officers have been arrested and charged with theft by taking and criminal trespass in connection with the theft of a backhoe.
41-year-old Troy Guidry and 32-year-old Jon Adam Wantz are the officers accused of the tractor theft.
Macon Police Chief Mike Burns tells WGXA, "Without consent or authority, Officers Guidry and Wantz took an orange Kubota backhoe valued at $24,800 from Mr. Rooter Plumbing located at 2688 Roff Avenue. The actions of these officers is a grave disappointment to the entire MPD family and will not be tolerated by me or by our department. An incident like this is a black eye on all law enforcement officers who perform their sworn duties with dignity and integrity, and risk their lives daily on the job. This is a sad day for the MPD, but we will do our best to continue to protect the citizens of Macon and earn their trust."
Lieutenant Ben Cooke of the Monroe Sheriff's Office told WGXA they decided not to pursue a charge of possessing stolen property because authorities in Bibb County have a stronger case against Guidry.
WGXA will have more details as we get them.