Weapons once out of circulation are back on the streets after a thief stole from the McDonough Police Department’s evidence room. While two of the stolen guns have been recovered, police estimate 7 to 10 are still out there.
Jamie Lee Clark, a convicted felon and part of the Sherriff’s Department’s work release program crawled through a window at the department on June 1st. Having worked in the building for months, police suspect Clark spent his time planning his heist.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Clark is now being held in the Henry County jail on nine charges. He is being held without bond.
Of the at least 10 weapons taken there is a 9 mm, .22 caliber, .40 caliber, and .45 caliber handguns. In addition to these weapons he got away with 13 bags of marijuana, several crack rocks, ammunition, cash, and brass knuckles.
Officials are now looking into the evidence and the cases they are connected to. Evidence plays a key role in criminal cases. Many cases in progress would have to be dropped without the evidence.
While several of the cases connected to this evidence are closed, the missing evidence could still affect them as appeals are processed. Even if the guns and weapons are ultimately recovered, their value as evidence in a criminal court case may be compromised.
Clark likely took the weapons to sell on the street for profit. One can only hope that they will not be used to harm anyone or further commit criminal acts.
Weapons charges can range from the relatively minor to the very serious. There are numerous laws on the books regulation the possession, sale, and discharge of firearms.
One of the more minor weapons offenses is possession of a pistol without a license. For a first time offense, this is considered a misdemeanor and will likely result in a fine. However, if you are caught committing this offense for a second or subsequent time, you will face felony charges.
Facing weapons charges in Georgia criminal courts is a trying process. You may be facing a relatively minor charge or looking at a potential prison stint. Whatever the case, I am here to help.
Call me to discuss your weapons charges today. I can help you formulate a defense strategy and set your mind at ease.