A Cedartown man remained in the Chattooga County Jail Thursday afternoon after being transferred from Polk County on Wednesday to face charges here.
27-year-old Timothy Blake Turner is charged with burglary and theft by taking motor vehicle. According to Chattooga County Sheriff’s Investigator Bryant Dodd, Turner and 30 year old Kevin Dwayne Highfield, also of Cedartown went on a crime spree that began early Saturday morning when they broke into the Summerville garage of Joe Costolnick, a Rome Police detective. The men reportedly took a bag from Costolnick’s police vehicle, that contained the officer’s duty weapon, badge, clothes and handcuffs.
Shortly after the discovery of the Summerville break-in, A Cedartown woman reported that her car had been stolen and she believed that it had been stolen by her boyfriend. Both men were caught by Polk County based on a lookout by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Dept., according to Dodd. The men were reportedly had the stolen car and Costolnick’s bag when arrested. According to Dodd they were found at a known drug house in Cedartown The gun had reportedly been sold at a Rome gun shop where it was recovered. Police also recovered Costolnick’s belongings except for the holster. Dodd says the gun was clearly marked RPD next to the seriel number.
Highfield and Turner were taken to the Polk County jail and reportedly will face charges of theft by receiving and theft by deception in Floyd County. Highfield also is expected to face charges in Chattooga County but as of yet has not been transferred here.
According to the Chattooga County jail Turner’s bond was set at $30,000, and he remained in jail as of Thursday afternoon.