An alert Shaw security guard stopped a vehicle theft and in the process took several young children out of harm's way.
On Friday, Anjoli Miller, was at Shaw's gate on Highway 27 north. A contractor with Shaw drove through the gate as he does most every week. Anjoli reported that when he drove through, a black Mitsubishi Eclipse with a 28 year old woman and 2 small children followed him through the gate.
At left, truck with Shaw contractor
A few minutes later, the woman, later identified as Joy Drinkard, pulled up to the gate to leave in the contractors silver Ford F-150 with her children.
Anjoli Miller asked the woman how she knew the contractor and she replied that he was a friend of hers. Things just did not look right and Anjoli would not open the gate and allow her to leave.
Sheriff's Captain Brad Lambert responded to the incident. Joy Drinkard told the Captain that she had been told by some unknown person to bring the Mitsubishi Eclipse to Shaw and abandon the vehicle there.
Joy Drinkard stated she was told to take the Ford F-150 and bring it back to Dothan, Alabama. She finally gave up a Dothan phone number to check the story.
The phone number turned out to be her mother's number. Her mother reported that Joy Drinkard had also stolen the Mitsubishi Eclipse from Dothan, from her father's place of business.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse was found sitting in the middle of an aisle, with the car still running, and the doors wide open.
Joy Chantell Drinkard, 28, of 205 East Newton Street in Bainbridge was charged with theft by taking - motor vehicle.
Her parents arrived from Dothan and took custody of the stolen car and the grandchildren.