Fired Savannah Cop Arrested for Grand Theft in Florida
Ernest Ferguson took the ride of shame to the Clay County Jail after stealing three watches from an Orange Park jewelry store. Ferguson was suspended from the Savannah Police Department after he shot and killed 31-year-old Saudi Arai Lee in June 2022 in Savannah’s Carver Village area.
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Ferguson was placed on unpaid leave while the department conducted its internal investigation into the shooting near the intersection of West Gwinnett and Magazine streets on Savannah’s west side. That investigation is still ongoing.
Ferguson was later fired after his arrest for unlawful speed and DUI in October 2022. Another internal investigation was initiated into that incident, and the department found he was lying to a Liberty County Deputy and Georgia Highway Patrol Trooper about his alcohol consumption.
According to the arrest affidavit, Ferguson went to the Watches Plus Store in the Orange Park Mall on New Year’s Day. Ferguson told the shop owner that he was looking to buy a watch for his grandfather. At some point, while looking at the timepieces, Ferguson grabbed three watches he was being shown and ran from the store.
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A Clay County deputy was dispatched to Watches Plus, and upon arrival, the store’s owner gave the deputy a description of Ferguson. The deputy contacted Ferguson outside the Kyodai Sushi Rock restaurant near the mall.
The store owner identified Ferguson, and an eyewitness on the scene provided a statement to the police claiming that “three stolen watches were recovered in various locations throughout the parking lot and returned to the owner.”
Ferguson admitted to stealing the watches to pawn them.
Ferguson was placed into custody and transported to Orange Park Medical Center to obtain medical clearance due to pre-existing injuries to both of his hands. He was then transported to the Clay County Jail with a bond set at $25,000.
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