Americus men arrested in Cordele incident
Published 1:00 pm Thursday, February 4, 2016
By BECKY CRISSMAN
CORDELE — Two men who reported having their vehicle stolen in an armed robbery, were arrested after authorities learned they fabricated the incident.
At approximately 5 p.m. on Jan. 27, officers with the Cordele Police Department responded to the Spit Shine Car Wash, located on 16th Avenue West. There they made contact with Stephen Wilson, 24, and Michael Wilson, 31, both of Americus. The pair told police that two black males robbed them at gunpoint, getting away with cash and stealing their vehicle. Police issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the truck described as a silver Ford F-150. Through the GPS installed on the vehicle it was located within the hour, having been abandoned in a wooded area near the Farmer’s Market.
On Jan. 28, the case was turned over to the Detectives Division of the Cordele Police Department. After conducting interviews and watching surveillance videos, detectives determined there was more to the incident than the victims wanted to report.
Stephen Wilson and Michael Wilson have been charged with false report of a crime and giving false statements. The Cordele Police Department continues to investigate this case.