A 23-year-old Milledgeville man is expected to be charged with burglary in connection with a Wednesday morning break-in at Quality Pawn in Milledgeville, local authorities say.
The only item reportedly stolen from the business was a sword, valued at $50.
Within 3 1/2 hours of the crime, local and state law enforcement authorities arrested a suspect.
Milledgeville Police Department Maj. Linc Boyer, commander of the road patrol division, identified the suspect as Alex Easley.
Easley was expected to be formally charged with one count of burglary after his release from the emergency department at Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin hospital.
During the break-in, Boyer said Easley cut one of his arms and needed medical attention.
After being taken into custody by Trooper Kevin Kirby and James Spisak of the Georgia State Patrol post in Milledgeville, Easley was treated at the scene by firefighters/first responders with Milledgeville Fire Rescue Services and personnel with Grady Emergency Medical Services.
It is believed that Easley was injured when he broke a plate glass windows of the pawn shop, located on South Wayne Street, about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Boyer said a video surveillance camera captured the suspect smashing the windows of the pawn shop and later getting back into a vehicle and driving away after stealing a sword.
“The suspect had gone to Kroger to get some bandages for the laceration to his arm before he was eventually stopped by the state troopers and subsequently taken into custody at the bridge on South Wayne Street,” Boyer said.
The road patrol commander said a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) had been put out to police officers, deputies with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and troopers with the Georgia State Patrol offering a description of the suspect and the type of vehicle he was driving.
Milledgeville Officer C. Reyes, who was working an off-duty detail at the cemetery on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, recognized a Nissan Versa and called it into dispatchers with the city police department.
State troopers patrolling in the area of South Wayne Street later spotted the suspect’s car, Boyer said. And within a short period, the suspect was stopped and immediately arrested.
“It was great teamwork by everybody involved,” Boyer said.