A second Macon police officer has been charged with stealing a tractor from a plumbing business, according to press release from the Macon Police Department
Police arrested Jon Adam Wantz late Thursday afternoon. He, along with Troy Guidry, face charges of theft by taking, criminal trespass, and violation of the oath of office.
Guidry was arrested Thursday morning at his home in Monroe County and turned over Macon police, according to Monroe chief deputy John Wilkes.
Macon Police Chief Mike Burns said in a statement:
"Without consent or authority, Officers Guidry and Wantz took an orange Kubota backhoe valued at $24,800 from Mr. Rooter Plumbing located at 2688 Roff Avenue. The actions of these officers is a grave disappointment to the entire MPD family and will not be tolerated by me or by our department. An incident like this is a black eye on all law enforcement officers who perform their sworn duties with dignity and integrity, and risk their lives daily on the job. This is a sad day for the MPD, but we will do our best to continue to protect the citizens of Macon and earn their trust."
Macon police have not released any information on the two officers' job status and spokeswoman Jami Gaudet did not return our phone calls.
Heath Vickers, owner of Mr. Rooter on Roff Avenue, Macon, said he and his employees noticed Thursday morning that the nearly $25,000 tractor was missing, along with its backhoe and front-end attachments and a trailer. He said they used the GPS on the tractor to track it to a Monroe county home.
Wilkes said that's where Guidry was arrested around 10:30 a.m.
Vickers says he believes someone shot out the lights outside his business overnight, apparently in connection with the theft. He believes a second person was involved in stealing the tractor.