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UPDATE: Woman wanted for stealing firearms arrested in Waycross

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 7:13 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 11:45 AM EDT
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THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) - The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office says Melissa Pendarvis, a woman wanted for stealing guns in the area, has been arrested.

Captain Tim Watkins with TCSO said the department received a tip of a possible spotting of Pendarvis and the caller provided an address.

TCSO contacted law enforcement In Waycross, Georgia, who searched the address provided and found Pendarvis Friday morning.

Pendarvis has been charged with at least one gun theft in Thomas County, from a residential area off Highway 202.

Captain Watkins says she has not been charged with the firearms theft in Jefferson County yet.

The total number of firearms stolen by Pendarvis is still under investigation.

Below, you’ll find WCTV’s original story on the search for Pendarvis.

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) - The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in tracking down Melissa Pendarvis.

Officials say the woman, who also goes by “Rain,” is wanted in connection to firearm thefts in residential areas in Monticello, Florida and off of Highway 202.

Firearm thefts remain a major concern throughout Thomas County.

According to TCSO, there were 68 guns stolen in 2020. So far this year, 72 guns have already been stolen.

Officials said once the guns are taken, they’re sold on the street, making it more difficult to track them down. In many cases, the guns land in the wrong hands, said TCSO.

On October 9th, Lieutenant Toby Knifer of the Thomasville Police Department reported that there have been 28 shootings or incidents with shots fired so far this year.

Officials continue to urge people to not only lock their car doors, but remove all firearms from their vehicles as well.

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