Men charged with stealing 107 cases of liquor

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Elaine Rackley


Henry County police arrested two men for allegedly stealing dozens of cases of liquor from a McDonough distribution center.

Brandon Miquel Hightower, 29, of College Park, and Duane Thomas Outlaw, 42, of Conyers, were arrested Tuesday for reportedly taking 107 cases of liquor, valued at $24, 419.25, according to jail records.

The liquor theft reportedly occurred between 6 a.m., and 8 p.m., at the Georgia Crown Distributing Co., located at 100 Georgia Crown Drive in McDonough, between Dec. 29, and Feb. 2, according to arrest warrants in the case.

The warrants for both men state that they "did unlawfully take 107 cases of liquor with the intention of depriving Georgia Crown Distributing Co. of the property."

Hightower and Outlaw appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court,, Wednesday, represented by the Public Defender's Office. They are charged with felony theft by taking.

"Investigators are currently working additional leads," said Sgt. Hillard Ireland, the department's public information officer.

"We are unable to release any information, at this time, in respect to not jeopardizing our investigation."

Georgia Crown Distributing Co., is a full-service, beverage distributor, selling imported and domestic spirits, wines, beers and specialty products, according to the company's web site.

Judge Wesley Shannon set Hightower's and Outlaw's bonds at $35,000 each, and bound their cases over to Superior Court.