Worth deputies bust suspected crime ring

Nearly 300 warrants for arrest put four suspected auto burglars behind bars
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SYLVESTER, GA –  Worth County Sheriff Don Whitaker says nearly two months of intensive detective work leads to the arrest of four individuals suspected of engineering a local auto theft ring.

Sheriff Whitaker says over the course of two days, July 19-20, 2021, The Worth County Sheriff’s Office obtained nearly 300 arrest warrants for four suspects, Zackary Graffam (age 19), Ethan Bridges (age 20), Abbie McDaniel (age 20) and Grant Wininger (age 19). Bridges was arrested on 7/19 and the bond was set at $484,200.00. Bridges remains in jail. Graffam was arrested on 7/19 and was denied bond, he remains in jail. Wininger was arrested on 7/20 and the bond was set at $203,700, he remains in jail. McDaniel was arrested on 7/24 and the bond was set at $253,200. She remains in jail.

These warrants consist of multiple counts of Entering Auto-Felony, Conspiracy-Felony and misdemeanor Criminal Trespass. The Worth County Sheriff’s Office worked diligently for over two months on this investigation. Surrounding counties also have evidence linking these individuals to similar crimes in their counties as well. Additional warrants may follow. Some property has been recovered and will be returned to the rightful owner. The Worth County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone who may have unknowingly purchased stolen items from these individuals, call the Worth County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 229-776-8218.

Worth County Sheriff Donald Whitaker would like to express his gratitude to all the officers, deputies, investigators and their respective agencies involved, who worked together to make these arrests possible. Worth County Sheriff Don Whitaker would also like to ensure the citizens of Worth County that we, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office are committed to continuing our efforts to fight crime. This will not be tolerated in Worth County. Sheriff Whitaker encourages members of the community to contact Worth County E-911 or Worth County Sheriff’s Office to report any suspicious activity.