Thomaston Police Department

  • Agency: Thomaston Police Department
  • Address: 106 E. Lee Street, Thomaston, 30286 GA
  • Chief: Dan Greathouse (Chief of Police)
Phone: (706) 647- 5455
Fax: (706) 648-6557

Thomaston Police Department is located at 106 E. Lee Street, Thomaston, 30286 GA. The Chief of Police of the department is Dan Greathouse. The Thomaston Police Department phone number is (706) 647- 5455.

Thomaston Police Department News

Is anyone missing this cute little fella. He was found near the Small World Daycare located off Lavender Lane in Thomaston. Anyone with information please contact Animal Control Officer Burks at 706-601-2276.

Congratulations to Officer Andrew Nixon on his recent promotion to Sergeant. Well deserved.

Joint Commercial Gambling Investigation in Thomaston and Upson County On Saturday, February 17, 2018, a joint investigation between the Upson County Sheriff’s Office and the Thomaston Police Department with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Commercial Gambling Unit, and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation, Georgia Department of Revenue, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at multiple businesses throughout the City of Thomaston and Upson County for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws. Search warrants were executed at nine (9) separate locations and one (1) residence located in Pike County. While searching the locations, agents collected evidence related to crimes of commercial gambling and seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of gaming machines. During the past year the Police Department, Sheriff’s office and GBI have received complaints regarding illegal gambling activities happening at multiple locations throughout the City and County. Based on these complaints a joint undercover investigation began in September of 2017. Nine separate businesses were identified during the investigation all which are currently licensed to operate Coin Operated Amusement Machines. However, during the investigation, agents discovered customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits. In Georgia, credits may only be redeemed for lottery tickets and/or store merchandise not cash. Search warrants were executed at the following locations: Cooks Market, Easy Stop, Jack’s Lotto Grocery, Walthal Kelly’s Truck Stop, Main Street Billiards, Wilson’s Market, Sunny Side Grocery, Community Superette, and Sunoco Food Mart. An additional search warrant was executed a residence located in Williamson, Pike County, Georgia in connection to several of the businesses located in the City of Thomaston and Upson County. More than 50 officers launched the raids in a simultaneous and coordinated fashion. Multiple arrests are pending further investigation. Anyone with information regarding gambling machines in the City or County please contact the Narcotics Task Force at 706-646-2444.

ANIMAL CONTROL PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Over the last 2 weeks, Animal Control has had several calls regarding racoons. Either deceased or acting strangely. Upon lab reports and wild life management calls, it does not seem to be rabies that we are dealing with, but distemper. Its just the time of year we typically deal with this issue. This is not so much a threat to humans as it is to dogs. Please make sure all dogs, especially those outdoors are vaccinated. If you see a racoon or any other animal acting strangely, (much like signs of rabies) please contact 911. City of Thomaston Animal Control.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE - 6th AVE. SHOOTING On January 25, 2018, Officers of the Thomaston Police Department were dispatched to Sixth Avenue in reference to a male subject with gunshot wounds. Upon officer’s arrival they located a male lying on the sidewalk between 525 and 521 Sixth Avenue. Officers identified the male as 17 year old Ectaviea Bryant from Rutledge, Georgia. Bryant stated he had been shot multiple times and gave a detailed description of the suspects that shot him and the vehicle in which they left. Officers observed injuries to the back of Bryant’s head, right bicep, right hand, upper right back and left buttocks. TPD Criminal Investigators were called to the scene to begin an investigation. Officers located the primary crime scene which was in the vacant lot across from A Street by the water tower. While processing both crime scenes officers observed a red SUV leaving the Willow Tree Apartments at a high rate of speed. The SUV matched the description given by Bryant so officers conducted a felony traffic stop. During the traffic stop Officers located five subjects inside the SUV all of which were detained for further investigation. The subjects were identified as Angelina GARCIA, 43 years of age from Conyers, Georgia, Quaneseia MASSENBERG, 18 years of age from Conyers, Georgia, Adrian PORTER, 22 years of age from Stone Mountain, Georgia, Jade BRADSHAW, 18 years of age from Thomaston, Georgia, and Gregory LAWSON 23 years of age from Thomaston, Georgia. During the investigation Officers located three firearms in the vehicle, a Taurus Judge .45 cal./410, a Ruger 22 caliber and a Smith and Wesson 9mm. The Taurus and Ruger were reported stolen out Newton County. A fourth handgun, a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber, was found at the secondary crime scene which was also confirmed stolen out of Gwinnett County. After conducting multiple interviews with the subjects and witnesses it was determined that Bryant (the victim) was brought to Thomaston, Georgia by GARCIA, MASSENBERG and PORTER with the understanding that he would rob a drug dealer. Bryant was unaware that he was, in fact, the intended target of a gang related assassination attempt. While waiting at the water tower to conduct what he thought was going to be a robbery, Bryant was shot from behind by PORTER multiple times. Investigators also determined GARCIA, MASSENBERG, PORTER, LAWSON and the victim to be members of the Blood Gang. The victim was airlifted to an undisclosed hospital to be treated for his injuries and is listed in stable condition. Investigators were informed the victim is expected to recover from the gun shots sustained during the incident. As result of the investigation the following arrest warrants have been obtained; GARCIA: Conspiracy to Commit a Crime “Murder”, Party to a Crime Aggravated Assault and Party to a Crime Aggravated Battery; MASSEBERG: Conspiracy to Commit a Crime “Murder”; PORTER: Conspiracy to Commit a Crime “Murder”, Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery; LAWSON: Conspiracy to Commit a Crime “Murder”, Party to a Crime Aggravated Assault and Party to a Crime Aggravated Battery; BRADSHAW: Reckless Conduct. The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are expected to be filed on all subjects for the participation in a criminal street gang and firearms charges. They are all currently being held at the Upson County jail. “This crime was a violent criminal street gang act by Blood gang members from outside our community with ties to other gang members and or associates within our community. We are not taking this incident or any other gang related acts lightly and will be charging all the parties involved under the Georgia Gang Act which requires an additional 10 years sentencing in addition to all other sentencing received if convicted. Our detectives and officers have worked this case very aggressively and have done an excellent job in quickly apprehending all the parties, gathering evidence, and filing charges regarding this heinous crime. I have consulted with the DA, Ben Coker, along with Sheriff Kilgore, and we intend to work together to build the best possible case against these alleged gang members and any other potential gang members that would think about committing criminal gang acts in our community. These acts, not only unlawful but immoral and degrading to our community, will not be tolerated. Thomaston and Upson County, if we intend to keep our community safe we must be willing to be aware of and report criminal activity. When we stay silent we not only tolerate but accept negative, evil influence to dictate the future of our community. We encourage you to stand with us and help fight these gangs by not being afraid to speak up, be a witness, and say something when you see something.” Chief Richardson

There was a shooting in the 6th Ave. area last night around 11:30pm. Victim was life flighted to Macon. Within approximately 30 minutes of the shooting, TPD officers with assistance from Upson Sheriff Deputies, located the suspect vehicle and took approximately 4 suspects into custody. I can confirm that the shooter has been arrested and is currently being held at the Upson County jail. The victim and suspects are not from Thomaston. This is an active on going investigation at this time.

Congratulations to Thomaston PD's newest recruit, Michael Watkins. Michael graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Police Academy this afternoon. Great job Officer Watkins!

Had a great time at the Annual Thomaston Christmas Parade. Special thanks to Ms. Candice Chatman, Court Clerk, Officer Kat Burks, City Animal Control Officer, and Major Sidney Corley for all their hard work.

Just prior to 5pm this evening TPD officers responded to a shooting call at 427 G St. in Thomaston. The preliminary investigation indicates that two male subjects got into some type of domestic related dispute at the residence which led to shots being fired. One subject is currently being treated for non life threatening injuries and the second subject is believed to have fled the city. Both subjects have been identified and TPD investigators are actively working the scene and conducting interviews at this time. At this point in the investigation we believe this to be an isolated incident.

**PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT** Beginning today, November 6, 2017, the Thomaston Police Department will be enforcing the City parking ordinance in the down town area of the court house. If you are attending court please DO NOT park in the two hour parking areas or fifteen minute parking areas around the square. They are intended for customer use for businesses located on the square. Alternative court parking will be allowed in the First Baptist parking lot near Howell Street. Two hour parking and fifteen minute parking areas will be enforced.

Late last night the suspect pictured below committed a commercial burglary in Thomaston. Any one with information as to his identity or information regarding the burglary should contact Lt. George Little at the Thomaston Police Department. He can be reached at 706-647-5455 or 706-741-1904 (cell).

The City of Thomaston Police Department is taking sealed bids for it's Animal Control vehicle, a 2004 F150 extended cab 4x4 Pick-up. The vehicle has 171,071 miles. Runs good, interior is in good shape and the tires are new. The front brushguard will stay with the vehicle, all emergency equipment, police and animal control decals will be removed. The vehicle may be inspected by appointment. Contact Major Corley at the PD or at 706-647-5455. Sealed bid forms can be obtained at the PD. Bids must be submitted to the City Managers office at City Hall by noon on October 14th, 2017. The winning bid will be contacted that afternoon.

Many trees down and power lines. Please avoid driving around if not necessary. Still fighting high winds and heavy rains. No injuries reported. Stay safe.

We had a great time today at the 3rd annual Thomaston Police Department Youth Basketball Tournament. Thank you to all the sponsors who donated food and money to make today possible for the kids. Thanks to all the community, players, family and friends that came out and supported the event. Our guest speaker, former Harlem Globetrotter and current Gordon State College Basketball Coach, Bruce Capers, wowed the kids with his talents and teaching. Thanks to all the PD personnel and volunteers and a Special thanks to Ms. Candice Chatman and Lt. Jeff Little for doing it all! Todays success would not be possible without all their hard work and dedication to the kids of our community.

Had a good time with K-9 Ryder yesterday at Thomaston Kiwanis. Officer Matt Allen and his partner conducted their first public speaking event and demo. They did a great job. Pictured is County Chairman Norman Allen, Matt's dad, taking a bite from Ryder. Thanks Kiwanis for allowing us to come.

Thank you the City of Thomaston and all the people in the Down Town Community for a great Emancipation Proclamation Celebration weekend. We had a Great time serving and the weekend was a great success. Thank you to all the committee's, groups, and individuals that assisted in the events and supported the PD in various ways. We couldn't do it with out you. And special thanks to Sheriff Kilgore and all his staff, Chief Harris and her staff from the Fire Dept. for all their assistance this weekend. It is a great pleasure working in a community where all the public safety personnel support and work so well together. Chief Richardson

Thomaston Police Department would like to welcome it's newest member to the force, Knight "Ryder". Ryder is a one and half year old German Shepard. He is a full service K9 that tracks, apprehends, and does narcotic detection. His handler is Officer Matt Allen who has been with the PD for three years. Officer Allen and Ryder have recently returned from several weeks of intense training in North Carolina and are ready to go to work.

The PD had a great time this morning scrimmaging the Upson-Lee Middle School 8th grade boys and girls basketball players. Proud to say TPD was victorious this year, 24 to 19. Of course we were a little worn out afterwards.

On May 01, 2017, Agents of the Narcotics Task Force, with the assistance of the Thomaston Police Department and the Upson County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the residence of 414 E. Thompson Street in Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia. The search yielded approximately 336.0 grams of Marijuana (a little over a half pound), approximately 62.3 grams of THC Wax, approximately 14.5 grams of Methamphetamine, one MDMA (ecstasy) pill and five Schedule III prescription pain pills were seized. Agents also located several items that were consistent with a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) Lab which is used to extract THC from Marijuana to make THC Wax. It’s estimated that the drugs seized had a street value over $2,000. Six suspects were taken into custody at the scene without incident. Three were later released after further investigation. Anthony Corriea, Darshay Bailey, and Hannah Hall all of Thomaston, Georgia were arrested and face charges of manufacturing THC Wax, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of MDMA (ecstasy) and Possession of Schedule III Narcotics. They were transported to the Upson County jail. “All the officers and deputies involved did an excellent job safely executing the search warrant and quickly securing a residence that contained a possible butane lab which has the potential to be very dangerous.”

Congratulations to Lt. Jeff Little for receiving the 2017 Thomaston Rotary Club Police Officer of the year. Thank you for 23 years of service and dedication to the Police Department and citizens of Thomaston. Well deserved!

Arriving soon. Knight "Ryder".

After ten years of faithful service to the Thomaston Police Department we will be officially retiring K-9 Alpha this week. Her last day of service will be Thursday. During her career she has alerted on hundreds of vehicles that have lead to numerous drug, cash and vehicle seizures as well as arrests. She has also assisted in numerous warrant services and the recovery of narcotics while excuting drug warrants. For the last seven years Alpha has been partners with Sgt. Jeremy Blount. We greatly appreciate his service and dedication in caring for and working with Alpha. (Thank you Sgt. Blount.) I know he will greatly miss having her at work everyday as his partner. She will continue to live with Sgt. Blount during retirement. If you see them out please take a minute and thank them both for their many years of dedicated service to our great City. Please share. Thanks Chief Mike Richardson