March 31, 2014

Three charged in Chatsworth home invasion

Rachel Brown
rachelbrown@daltoncitizen.com

— Three men in their early 20s have been charged with breaking into an elderly man’s house in Chatsworth, binding his hands with duct tape and stealing money and guns.

Murray County Sheriff’s Office Detective Shannon Ramsey said the sheriff’s office charged all three with aggravated assault upon a person 65 years of age or older, kidnapping and armed robbery for the attack on the 75-year-old man who lives on Sitton Road.

Rollin Leigh Griffin, 22, and Paul Bruce Moody, 21, both of Ellijay, were charged Friday. Richard Benjamin McGee, 21, of Ranger, was charged Saturday.

Jeffrey Welch, the 75-year-old victim’s grandson, said the guns and money the men stole were his and he believes they had been planning the robbery for weeks. Welch said his grandfather, Jimmy Welch, lives with him and just happened to be at home by himself during the incident. Welch was upset Moody was released from jail on $12,000 bond on Sunday.

“I would like to see him still in jail instead of getting out for nearly nothing,” Welch said. “As far as getting my money back, I know that’s probably not going to happen.”

Ramsey said Moody orchestrated the burglary. Welch said Moody is one of his friends and Moody knew about the safe and guns.

Ramsey said Jimmy Welch suffered some bleeding and bruises from the incident on the afternoon of March 25 but was otherwise unharmed. Ramsey said the three men took a safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash and they later located the safe in Carter’s Lake. He said authorities have recovered some of the guns and are working on getting the money back to the owners but haven’t found all of it.

Griffin remained in jail on $12,000 bond, and McGee remained in jail without bond as of late Monday.

Ramsey said Griffin and McGee both have criminal records related to burglary and Moody has a juvenile record.