GBI arrests two men in connection to a Sparta fire and police station theft

SPARTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Two men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a Sparta fire.  One of the suspects is accused of breaking into the city’s police department.

The GBI arrested 24-year-old Michael Livingston and 20-year-old Kendrez Mayweather on Wednesday.  Livingston is charged with felony burglary of the Sparta Police Department and felony burglary of the Sparta Beauty Supply store.  He is also charged with first-degree felony arson of the Sparta Beauty Supply store.  Mayweather is charged with first- degree felony arson and felony burglary of the store.

GBI agent Joe Wooten says his agency was asked to investigate the Sparta Police break-in that occurred between January 11 and 12.  Several guns and other equipment were reported stolen during the heist.

“The crime scene was processed by the GBI and evidence was recovered and analyzed by the GBI crime lab which resulted in the arrest of Livingston,” said Wooten.

The police precinct had been partially vacant after the fire, which happened a few days earlier on January 7.  The police station had smoke and water damage.

“Gives me a little peace just knowing that someone that put us as firemen and put the whole town in harm’s way, is going to be behind bars,” said Hancock County Fire Chief Keith Webster. “I feel good about it knowing they’re not on the street anymore.”

Wooten says guns and office equipment from the Sparta Police Department and stolen items from the Sparta Beauty Supply store were found under an abandoned Hancock County church.

Categories: Hancock County, Local News

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