Four people were arrested on gun and drug charges Monday in Richmond Hill.
According to Richmond Hill Police Department Sgt. Doug Sahlberg, the suspects — Jason Tillman, Krystal Shyrock, David Shyrock, all of Savannah, and James Ward of Bloomingdale — were found with crystal meth and several guns after another RHPD officer saw an oddly parked vehicle at the Waffle House on Highway 17.
At about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Ray Fowler noticed the vehicle while on patrol, and after patrolling around a while, noticed the vehicle still in the same position. A check of the tag indicated the tag belonged to a different vehicle.
Fowler made contact with the driver, Tillman, who was trying to exit the vehicle. The Shyrocks, who are convicted felons wanted on outstanding warrants according to the RHPD report, also were in the vehicle. While talking with Tillman, Fowler noticed a firearm in the front area of the vehicle. After further investigation, the gun had earlier been reported stolen out of Garden City, according to the RHPD report. David Shyrock was found with a stolen pistol and a meth pipe in his back pockets, while Krystal Shyrock had 0.08 grams of crystal meth on her, according to the RHPD report.
During the course of their investigation, RHPD detectives were led to the Travel Lodge hotel. At the hotel, authorities arrested Ward and found five firearms, one of which had a scratched-off serial number; multiple rounds of ammunition; drug paraphernalia; and four bags of crystal meth placed near the hotel room’s toilet. Ward claimed all the items as his own, according to the RHPD report.
Authorities confiscated nine guns in total, Sahlberg said.
Tillman has been charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property and one count of drug trafficking. Krystal Shyrock was charged with two counts each of theft by receiving stolen property and being a wanted person, and one count each of drug trafficking, possession of meth and possession of a firearm by a felon. David Shyrock was charged with two counts each of theft by receiving stolen property, being a wanted person and possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count each of drug trafficking, possession of drug-related objects and possession of a sawed-off rifle.
Ward was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of an article with an altered ID.
Sahlberg said the incident remains under investigation. The four suspects were incarcerated at the Bryan County Jail as of Thursday evening.