Deputies investigating a bicycle theft held a convicted felon and known gang member at gunpoint after he reached for a pistol in his waistband earlier this week, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
Patrol deputies were dispatched Monday to Pulaski Road near the Candler County line for a reported bicycle theft. The victim told officers that she had seen a black male riding the bike in the area, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Thursday.
Deputy 1st Class William Sims located the suspect, later identified as Anthony Lamar Brown, 25, of Wilma Brown Road in Register and, while speaking with him, noticed Brown reaching into his waistband, Anderson said.
Brown was detained at gunpoint until other deputies arrived and Brown could be secured in handcuffs, the sheriff said.
Brown was found to have been reaching for a pistol which he had concealed in his waistband, Anderson said.
Further investigation by sheriff's investigators revealed that the pistol had been stolen during the June 9 burglary of a home in the 7000 block of Pulaski Road. The bicycle had been stolen during the June 20 burglary of a home in the 1700 block of Brook Run Drive, Anderson said.
Brown was found to have been convicted in both Jenkins and Burke counties of entering auto and terroristic threats. He was released from the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections in March.
Brown was also determined to be a member of the Gangster Disciples, a group to which several recent violent episodes over the past several months have been linked, Anderson said.
Brown was transported to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains in custody without bond.
He is charged with two counts of burglary and one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, carrying a concealed weapon, theft by taking (misdemeanor), obstruction and participating in criminal gang activity.