Jeffrey Lockley arrested on felony charges

Jeffrey Lockley arrested on felony charges

Jeffrey Lockley arrested on felony charges

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM.

On Sept. 11, Jeffrey Tyrone “Bonjo” Lockley was arrested on felony charges including grand theft and racketeering.

The arrest was the culmination of a complex investigation of an attempt to purchase golf carts with stolen credit cards and move them across state lines.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) probable cause statement, at the beginning of December 2011, two golf carts were purchased from the Battery Source in Tallahassee using two separate credit cards. Both were purchased over the telephone from the same telephone number with a 561 area code. The combined cost of the carts was over $12,000.

The golf carts were transported to 408 West Bayshore Drive on St. George Island , a residence belonging to William I. Sheffield who resided in Atlanta . David Shawn Smith formerly of Eastpoint had use of the house and had loaned it to Lockley.

A neighbor observed the carts being delivered, grew suspicious and contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO). Officers were dispatched to the scene and found the carts and Randal “Randy” Schimek owner of “Economy Moving and Storage.” Schimek had transported the carts to the island. He told police he had become concerned for his safety and wrote down the tag number of a Lexus SUV, carrying two African American males that met him at the Sheffield house to receive delivery. He gave the police the tag number of the SUV, which was later traced back to Lock Bail bonds, a business belonging to Lockley.

Smith arrived on the scene and called Sheffield , who assured the police that everything was fine and ordered them to leave his property.

Since the carts had not been reported stolen and credit card fraud was not yet suspected, the police left. On Dec. 4 or 5, FCSO Deputy Lawrence Brannan observed the carts being hauled away by Smith’s employee Preston Garcia.

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