West Va. man arrested for Conyers auto break-ins (June 26, 2015)
CONYERS - An inmate with a history of escaping custody escaped again, this time from the Rockdale County jail while doing a work detail Wednesday morning.
Timothy Allen Ward, 33, of Buffalo, West Va., was reportedly on cleaning duty at the older portion of the jail, which is under renovation.
According to Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Michael Camp, Ward told a deputy he was going to get more cleaning fluid and then walked out of the building.
Deputies later found his jail jumpsuit discarded near the old portion of the jail.
Video surveillance showed Ward heading towards Sigman Road. A truck was stolen from Latex Construction located at 1353 Farmer Road in Conyers at approximately 10:15 a.m. Employees reportedly described seeing a white male in a white T-shirt and pinkish shorts "flipping door handles" of trucks at the construction company parking lot.
A search perimeter was set up for about an hour or two, but once the truck was reported around 11 a.m. as stolen, the perimeter was called off.
The stolen truck is a white extended bed 1997 Chevrolet C2500 with Latex Construction logos on the side. It has Georgia tag IP150R and had a red generator in the truck bed. The truck reportedly did not have much gasoline in the tank.
Ward is a white male, 5 feet and 6 inches, 140 pounds, with brown hair and a receding hairline. He was last seen wearing a white shirt with pink shorts.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the suspect or the vehicle is asked to contact the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office at 770-278-8000. A cash reward can be made available for information leading to Ward's arrest, said Camp.
Ward was allegedly responsible for entered-auto thefts that occured along Pine Log Road in June.
Conyers Police officers first encountered Ward on June 14 sleeping in the passenger side of his friend's car during a 100-degree weather with the windows rolled up in the Conyers Wal-Mart parking lot. Officers found a crack pipe on Ward and placed him under arrest.
However, on the way to the jail, Ward complained about his shoulder hurting and then about going through withdrawal. He was taken to Rockdale Medical Center for treatment, where he escaped by walking out.
That evening, Ward allegedly began flipping door handles of vehicles along Pine Log Road and stealing items out of the unlocked vehicles to scrape together some money to meet with his friends, who had already left the area, said Conyers Police Department spokesperson Kim Lucas in a previous interview.
"He was knocking on doors and asking to use people cellphones," she said. "We suspected it was the same guy from the Wal-Mart incident earlier."
However, officers were not able to find Ward in Conyers. A few days later, Ward was captured by law enforcement in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on June 18. He was extradited and booked into the Rockdale County jail June 25.
He faced charges of entered auto, theft and drug posession - but reportedly not escape - from the June 14 incidents.
He now also faces charges of an escape misdemeanor and auto theft.
The jail is looking into why Ward received a classification that allowed him to be assigned to work detail.
"The jail is reviewing our current classification policies" in general, said Camp.