Four firefighters from two different departments and two sheriff’s deputies have now been charged in the theft of items from a crash scene Saturday in Georgia. A sheriff’s deputy saw something that didn’t look right at the scene and reported it to his superiors, sparking the investigation.
The arrests have so far resulted in the firings of Columbia County Fire Rescue Lt. Christopher Ganther and Firefighter Randall Atchison along with Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Mark Smith and Deputy Wesley Harden. All except Atchison have been charged with theft. Atchison is accused of giving a false statement.
The latest arrests for theft are of Augusta Fire Department Firefighter Wesley Hughes and Sgt. Antoine Mullins who have, so far, been suspended without pay.
Columbia County Fire Rescue Lt. Christopher D. Ganther, 41, took Bluetooth devices, a cellphone case and a cellphone dash mount, according to the warrants obtained by The Augusta Chronicle. He was charged with theft by taking and giving a false statement.
Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Smith, 38, and Deputy Wesley Harden, 32, were also charged with theft by taking and a violation of oath of office. Smith is accused of taking a cellphone cover, while warrants said Harden took two Bluetooth items, a cellphone cover and a cellphone charger.
Augusta firefighter Wesley Hughes is accused of taking a cellphone charger, while warrants said Sgt. Antoine Mullins took a Bluetooth device.