A federal fugitive was captured in Pembroke on March 14.
Jesup resident William Lorenzo Phillips, 22, was reportedly on the run for stealing from a federal firearms dealership in Vidalia. He was arrested at 1:26 a.m. by Pembroke Police Department Officer Matt Lynn when he was pulled over on Hwy. 280 over for speeding.
PPD Detective Daniel Woodcock said when Lynn ran Phillips’ license, he got a hit through the national crime center information center that Phillips had an outstanding federal warrant issued out of Washington D.C. by the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms Agency. Woodcock said Phillips was arrested without a struggle and taken to the Bryan County Jail.
Court documents show that Phillips, along with two accomplices, was indicted by a grand jury in Statesboro last August for allegedly stealing 22 firearms from Brantley’s Marine and Guns last May. The Vidalia gun shop is a federal firearms licensee which reportedly initiated the involvement of the ATF.
Further documents show that Phillips’ two accomplices were sentenced, but he did not appear for his sentencing court date - resulting in the issuing of a federal warrant for his arrest.
According to court documents, ATF agents picked up Phillips on Monday and he made his initial appearance in Savannah that same day. Documents also show he is currently locally being held by federal authorities pending his next court appearance, which has not yet been set.
-by Ross Blair