On January 4, 2018 Spalding County Deputies responded to the area of 1650 North Hills Street regarding an armed robbery. Deputies discovered that the victim had arranged to purchase a firearm from a private individual and that the purchase had been arranged on-line. While meeting the seller pointed the weapon at the victim demanded money, and once the money was turned over, the suspects fled.
Based on information gathered during the investigation, a suspect,
Delano Lee Watts, was developed and warrants were issued for his arrest on multiple charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. After investigators linked him to the gangster disciples, warrants were also issued charging Watts with 5 counts of violation of the Georgia street gang act and were actively seeking him.
According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, “Our investigators began following leads and were able to locate Watt’s girlfriends’ house using photos and information gathered from social media. After locating the residence Investigators were able to set up surveillance. On January 6, 2018 investigators with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and C.A.G.E Unit located Watts at the residence and took him in to custody without incident.
Once Watts was secured, Investigators obtained a search warrant and located the weapon used in the armed robbery. When the weapon was checked it was found that it had been stolen from a location in Corpus Christie Texas. Ironically, Watts had checked in on Facebook from Corpus Christie in the same time frame that the theft occurred.”
Dix continued, “I think our Special Op’s, C.A.G.E. Unit, and Criminal Investigators did an outstanding job in making this arrest. They thought outside the box and came up with a creative way to locate and arrest this suspect. They did the background investigation that lead to charging Watts under the criminal gang act, and recovered a stolen weapon. Everyone from the first responding Deputies all the way through to the Investigators did an exemplary job in solving this crime and getting another gang member off the street.”
The investigation is ongoing and investigators are still interviewing witnesses and developing leads. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind citizens to use caution when conducting transactions arranged on-line. The front parking lot at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has a designated exchange site that is under video surveillance and is accessible 24 hours a day for your use.