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Leader of 'All 'Bout Money' gang wanted in Sumter County

Omar Barron, 18 (source: Sumter County Sheriff) Omar Barron, 18 (source: Sumter County Sheriff)
AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) -

Law enforcement authorities are targeting gangs based in Americus who they say are responsible for most of the crimes committed in their region.

And while authorities made three arrests Tuesday, two of their highest value targets are still out there.

At 18-years-old, Omar Barron, is considered by Sumter County officials to be the leader of a gang that is terrorizing citizens in and around Americus. He and 19-year-old Tarris Holloman successfully avoided sheriff's deputies who are actively looking for them. Sheriff Smith said most of the members of A.B.M. are in their mid to late teens. They are wanted for orchestrating a series of crimes with other members of A.B.M.

"'All 'Bout Money.' That's the name of their group. We've targeted quite a few of them. They are responsible for these burglaries and thefts that are occurring and we just have to get them off the street," says Sheriff Smith.

According to the Sheriff, the members of All 'Bout Money are all 'bout breaking into houses when people are not home and going after their guns in particular. Those guns are then sold in the Columbus and Atlanta area to fund their drug operation. 

On Tuesday, deputies tracked down several of the buyers of these stolen guns across the state and convinced them to hand them over. They met the buyers on the highway and recovered a total of 27 guns, which represents more than half of the firearms reported stolen last year.  Altogether they recovered $18,000 worth of stolen guns.

This weapon seizure is a continuation of actions the sheriff is taking against the gang which began last year. In April 2013, authorities made 108 drug arrests over a several day period. Sheriff Smith said there was a noticeable difference in reported crimes during the short time those suspects spent in jail.

"Anytime you can take someone who's causing other people problems off the street, it works real good for you," said Smith.

The Sheriff said the average punishment each suspect spent in jail after that drug raid was only a few weeks. 

Sumter County authorities urge the victims of gun thefts who want to find out if their property was recovered to call them at (229) 924-4094 and arrive with proof of ownership. But be prepared to wait a few days because there are a lot of guns to sort through.

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