Created: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:05:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:09:11 EST
One of 17 AR-15 rifles stolen from Bibb County's Bass Pro Shop has been recovered following a traffic stop in Atlanta.
Investigators with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, along with Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms Agents, were notified Wednesday that the rifle was recovered during a traffic stop Tuesday night around 10 p.m.
Officers stopped a silver Toyota Camry, occupied by 3 males and a female, with a Louisiana license plate. During the traffic stop, officers recovered a stolen pistol (unrelated to the Bibb County investigation), a stolen AR-15 rifle (reported stolen from the Bass Pro Shop), a baggy of methamphetamines and marijuana (less than an ounce).
Officers were able to determine the AR-15 was one of the rifles stolen from the Bass Pro Shop due to the information that was placed on the National Crime Information Center database by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
The four occupants of the vehicle were arrested and were held for Bibb Sheriff’s Investigators and the ATF agents.
The suspects arrested by the Atlanta Police Department are:
1) Phillip Brandon Kemp, age 20 from Atlanta. He is charged with Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon and Theft by Receiving Stolen Property. He is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail.
2) Trayvis Dwong Gray, age 22 from Atlanta. He is charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of methamphetamines. He is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail.
3) Eric Stewart, age 24 from Atlanta. He is charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Marijuana (less than an ounce). He is currently being held at the Fulton County Jail.
4) Tonishia Lee, age 20 from Atlanta. She was charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and was released on a $5000.00 bond according to the Fulton County jail records.
It is undetermined at this time if the persons arrested are the suspects directly connected with the actual burglary of the Bass Pro Shop.
Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-746-9441 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.