By Elaine Rackley
A Conley man, already in the Clayton County Jail, was in Henry County Magistrate Court this week, to face charges of allegedly stealing cardboard from a home improvement store.
Magistrate Court Judge Wesley Shannon placed the inmate, Kiko Mikeal Cummings, 31, under a bond of $16, 205, and bound his case over to the Henry County Superior Court, on charges of theft by taking, possession of tools for commission of a crime, obstruction of officers, driving with a suspended license, and theft by receiving stolen property.
Cummings was arrested Sunday on charges unrelated to the cardboard theft, and brought into court Monday. Cummings was represented by the Public Defender's office.
In the Henry County case, on Nov. 11, a store employee witnessed two men taking cardboard bales from the Home Depot located at 1750 Jonesboro Road, in McDonough, according to a Henry County Police report written by officer J. Hicks.
Hicks responded to a call to assist another officer, who was attempting to stop a 1992 Chevrolet Suburban.
"Upon the vehicle stopping in the parking lot of the Mandalay Villas leasing office, two black males exited the passenger side of the vehicle and fled on foot," continued the police report. One of the men had on a yellow jacket and was running through a field toward Jonesboro Road. The other male, according to the police report, fled into the apartment complex.
Police were searching the area for the two men, when a witness flagged down officer Hicks and told him, a man fitting the description of one of the men they were seeking, ran behind a nearby church.
"I then drove down Mt. Olive Road and made contact with Javonte Gwinn," wrote Hicks. "Gwinn was wearing a yellow jacket and black pants. Gwinn's clothes and shoes had mud on them. Gwinn was talking on his cellular phone and was out of breath.
"I ordered Gwinn to the ground and placed him [in] handcuffs," continued the report.
The officer questioned the 17 year-old, and Gwinn explained he ran because he was scared, and said the man that was with him was Cummings. He said Cummings was the driver, and owner, of the Suburban. Police verified Gwinn had no warrants, and Cummings was wanted in Clayton County for simple battery under the Family Violence Act. Cummings also had a suspended license due to child support obligations, according to the report.
"Officers also found a hammer, and a tool kit, in the front floorboard of the vehicle," stated the police report. "The defendant [Cummings] did have in his possession a 1992 GMC Suburban...reported stolen in Riverdale."
Gwinn's mother arrived at the scene of the arrest, and told police Cummings was Gwinn's godfather. She told the officers her son was talking to her on the phone during his arrest, according to the report.
The Home Depot employee who reported the crime, told police the bales were valued at $900.