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

It was brought to the Police Departments attention this afternoon that a marked Thomaston Police car was parked in a handicap parking space in the Fred's parking lot near the adjacent business that was damaged by a tractor trailer truck a few months ago. The officer parked their while typing a report on his vehicle computer. The officer never left the vehicle unattended while parked at that location. However, this is not an acceptable place for a police officer to type a report. It has been addressed with the officer and our staff and will not happen again. Chief Richardson

A special JOB WELL DONE to "A" Shift, Ptl. Watkins, Sgt. Biggs, Ptl. Moseley, and K-9 officer Cpl. Allen. On Septeber 15, 2018, the four officers mentioned responded to a suicide call in East Thomaston. Upon their arrival they encountered a distraught individual holding a loaded shotgun to his head. While is harms way all the officers remained very calm and professional. Three of the officers provided security to the surrounding area and for Sgt. Biggs while he successfully talked the subject into giving up the weapon. All four officers did an excellent job in handling a call for service that could have had a tragic ending if not for their quick actions and professionalism. We also want to congratulate Officers Brandon Dix and Matthew Knight on their recent promotions to Corporal. Great job everyone. We are very fortunate to have such a great group of L.E. professionals serving Thomaston.

Congratulations to Thomas McGouirk on graduating from the Columbus Regional Police Academy and winning the Top Gun award. Help us welcome him to the Thomaston Police Department. Great job Officer McGouirk!

Thomaston Police Department would like to welcome our newest Police Officer Augustus Bostick, Jr. Officer Bostick recently moved to the area and formally served with the Savannah-Chatham Police Department. He also served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. When you see him please welcome him to our community and thank him for his service to our country.

The Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in identifing the female in these photographs. She is wanted for questioning regarding identity theft and fraud. Anyone with information should contact Inv. George Little at 706-741-1904.

Today Patrol officers along with investigators from the Police Department responded to the 300 hundred block of Ave F in reference to a robbery by sudden snatching involving a delivery driver who was robbed of her funds. Officers quickly responded to the area and established a primeter. With the assistance of TPD K-9 "Ryder" officers where able to track the suspect and apprehend him without incident near the GSP Post. The suspect was identified as Tommy Lane, 19 years of age from Thomaston. Lane is currently being held at the Upson County jail.

We had a great time today at the Thomaston Police Department 4th Annual Youth Awareness Basketball Tournament. The kids were great and the games were exciting inspite having a bunch of cops coaching. Special thanks to Lt. Jeff Little, Candice Chatman and Katherine Burks for all their hard work in making todays event possible. Also a big thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, special guests, and PD personnel that make this event such a great day for our local youth.

Great start to our annual Emancipation Celebration with a little casual 2.5 mile run with Friends. Thanks Lavance Brown and the Neighbors Next Door Foundation for another great Fun Run.

Congratulations to Officer Ben Allen for being selected as this year's Thomaston-Upson Rotary Officer of the Year. Ben was honored with the award during the Rotary's annual Public Safety luncheon this past Tuesday. Well deserved.

PRESS RELEASE On March 27, 2018 Officers from the Thomaston Police Department responded to a disturbance call at DayLight Donuts located at 1102 Hwy 19 North, Thomaston, Georgia. As a result of the incident Edward Rodriguez of Thomaston was arrested for public intoxication, obstruction of an Officer and interference with government property. Once in custody, Rodriguez became combative and began to resist the officer. His resistance necessitated the help of additional officers. During his resistance, an officer’s body camera was displaced and broken and Rodriguez attempted to bite another officer. In an effort to avoid being bitten, the officer forced Rodriguez to the ground. Due to Rodriguez’s resistance he sustained a laceration to his head on the pavement. EMT’s were immediately dispatched. Mr. Rodriguez continued to be very combative and aggressive to the EMTs while being treated in the ambulance and an officer had to assist in restraining Rodriguez while he was transported to Upson Regional for medical attention. Due to the nature of the incident a further review is being conducted to ensure all appropriate procedures were taken during the arrest of a combative individual.

Congratulations to Dakota Riddick and Jared Fordham on graduating from the Columbus Regional Police Academy. Help us welcome them to the Thomaston Police Department. Great job guys!

Thank you to the Youth Ministry of Stone Well Worship Center and Jaquarius Raglin, Upson Lee Senior Class President, for presenting the Youth Empowerment Symposium this morning at the Civic Center. Was a great event and we were honored to take part.

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).