Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
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Stolen Vehicles, Stolen Guns, and Drugs recovered near Cartersville

On Wednesday (February 13), DeKalb County Deputies, Drug Task Force Agents, and Mentone Police Officers recovered drugs, stolen guns, and stolen vehicles north of Cartersville.

The Mentone Police Department was investigating a case of a stolen truck and generator from the previous night. The investigation led officers to a trailer park on Highway 75 North of Cartersville. One suspect fled on foot, and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office was called for assistance.

Thomas DeWayne Bailey (46 of Flat Rock)

Another suspect, Thomas DeWayne Bailey (46 of Flat Rock) would found to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. The DeKalb County Drug Task Force was then contacted.

Agents and deputies found more methamphetamine, illegal pills, firearms, and drug paraphernalia inside of the residence. A white Chrysler Van parked out front was also found to be stolen, and contained the stolen generator.

A Drug Task Force agent on scene was also able to get the location of the stolen truck from Bailey, which Deputies were able to recover and return to the owner.

Bailey was charged with Theft of Property 1st Degree, Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree. He also had 7 outstanding warrants.

The suspect that fled on foot is identified as Mason Gregory (23 of Mentone) and is still at large. If you have information on his whereabouts, contact us at (256)845-3801 or send us an email at

If you submit a tip, your identity will be kept confidential.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “This is a great example of why cooperation between our local police departments and our office is so important. It helps us better protect our citizens, take narcotics off the streets, and in this case, recover stolen property.”

“The Mentone Police Department did a great job of tracking down the stolen goods, and I want to commend our deputies and task force agents for providing assistance in this case,” said Sheriff Welden.

“We also would greatly appreciate the public’s help in finding the second suspect, and bringing him to justice,” he said.

“As always, God Bless,” concluded Sheriff Welden.