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Stuck truck leaves defendant stuck in jail

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Bond was denied a Warner Robins woman who appears to be as stuck with a burglary charge as the truck that was instrumental in her June arrest.

Tiffany Lorraine Robinson was in Jones County Superior Court via Zoom Aug. 6, asking for a bond. She was represented in the bond motion by defense attorney Melvin Raines, who once again joined the proceeding from his car, while en route to another court.

Senior Assistant District Dawn Baskin prosecuted the case, and Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammell presided over the bond hearing.

Raines told the court his client was a resident of Middle Georgia, and, although she was on probation at the time of her arrest, that probation had expired last month. He said Robinson has a support system and ties to the community.

The attorney said Robinson was willing to wear an ankle monitor and would abide by bond conditions. He also raised an issue of the timeliness of warrants for her arrest.

Baskin said the defendant was taken into custody June 14 and arrest warrants were served June 16, within the required 48 hours.

She said Robinson was charged with burglary, possession of a firearm or knife while trying to commit crimes, VGCSA possession of methamphetamine, transactions in drug related objects and possession of tools for the commission of crime.

The prosecutor said Robinson’s criminal history includes 15 arrests, and she is currently out on bond in Twiggs and Bibb counties. Baskin added that the defendant’s record includes two failure to appear instances and she faces charges of theft, burglary and identity fraud in those other counties.

“She is a risk to the community and a risk to commit new crimes,” she said. “I ask you to deny bond.”

Trammell agreed that Robinson is a risk to the community and denied bond.

A story of Robinson’s arrest in The Jones County News, stated Robinson, 45, was arrested with Charles Harris Neesmith, 34, of Perry.

Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Hardin stated he was dispatched to an area on Highway 49, near a cell tower, in reference to suspicious activity.

When he arrived, the officer said he saw a gold SUV that appeared to be stuck in the Georgia Power right of way. That vehicle was occupied by Robinson and Neesmith.

Hardin said a witness at the scene identified himself as the son of a victim of a burglary by the woman inside the SUV. The property broken into was on Highway 18 East. The son informed Hardin that his father had pictures of Robinson coming out of the property with stolen items in her hands.

As the deputy proceeded to the SUV, he said Robinson and Neesmith got out of the SUV and were approaching him. Hardin said he saw a pistol on Neesmith’s right side and the suspect was instructed to put his hands on his head while the weapon was secured.

Hardin said he checked the identities of the suspects and was informed that Robinson had an active warrant out of Dodge County.

Hardin said he was able to speak with the burglary victim on the phone and viewed a picture of Robinson holding a fishing pole she had taken from the residence. The SUV was packed with tools and other items that could be seen through the window. Both Robinson and Neesmith were taken into custody.

The deputy said Robinson’s purse was retrieved from the SUV, and a methamphetamine pipe was found underneath the purse. A prescription bottle in the name of the victim’s mother was found in a backpack behind the driver’s seat, as was a .22 rifle. Hardin said the rifle was in plain sight and within reach of the front passenger or the driver. He said a fishing pole matching the one in the picture was also in the vehicle.

Both suspects were taken into custody, and the SUV was towed to the sheriff’s office.