Crooks beware. The mayor of Clarkston may be watching.
Clarkston Mayor Emanuel Ransom foiled an attempted robbery July 16, when, after a post office run, he drove by the construction site of the city’s new public works building.
“I always check on the site,” Ransom said. While there, he noticed a man loading metal channels into a U-Haul truck.
“I knew from an email that I received earlier…that there shouldn’t be anyone there,” Ransom said.
When the man saw Ransom, he said something to the female driver who then drove off, leaving the man, the mayor said.
Ransom started to type the truck’s license plate number into his cellphone, but decided to follow the woman. He then saw the woman’s truck coming out of an apartment complex. Ransom flagged down a city worker in another vehicle who blocked her from turning right. This started backing up traffic.
A Clarkston Police officer noticed the commotion and turned on the cruiser’s blue lights, Ransom said. The suspect then turned onto a dead end road.
When she was stopped, there were no pipes in the vehicle, Ransom said. The mayor told the woman he had seen her and the man taking the channels.
“She kept denying it,” Ransom said.
The officer soon found the building material dumped in the back of some city property.
Clarkston Police Chief Christine Hudson went to the scene of the alleged crime to investigate. She then decided to drive toward Lawrenceville Highway to look for the male suspect, who was on foot.
“As I’m driving up Montreal Road across from Emory Hospital I see a gentleman who matches the description. I pulled in front of him and I motioned for him to come over to me and put his hands on the back of the car,” Hudson said.
“I said, ‘Do you know why I stopped you?’ and he said, ‘Yes, ma’am,’” Hudson said.
Ransom said he and Hudson have a message for Clarkston residents.
“The mayor is on the ball. The police chief is on the ball. We’re on the ball and we’re protecting the city from theft,” Ransom said. “We’ve got eyes and ears in Clarkston.”
Hudson said the suspects would be charged with theft of government property, a felony.
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