Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested two candidates for Dumb Criminal of the Year and potential Darwin Award winners after they reportedly stole a bulletproof vest from a police vehicle and tested it out on themselves.
The arrests came as the result of an investigation over recent weeks, where investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office began working a string of Thefts, Burglaries, and Entering Autos that occurred in a concentrated area around Fling Road in rural Troup County.
Over the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators were able to uncover evidence that led to the arrests of two Troup County residents on numerous theft charges.
Sheriff’s investigators arrested and charged Blake Swigonski and Trevor Everington after they recovered a video that showed one of the suspects wearing a stolen West Point Police Department ballistic vest.
Investigators say the suspects filmed themselves testing the bulletproof vest by firing a gun into the vest as it was being worn. One of the suspects intentionally fired a gun at the other while he was wearing the vest.
Fortunately for them, neither suspect was injured in the highly dangerous act. As police will tell you, bulletproof vests are actually a misnomer. They’re not bulletproof; they’re bullet resistant at best. All ballistic vests have a failure rate. That combined with the fact that they could have missed the vest altogether and still hit the person means that it was an incredibly foolish and careless act.
Sheriff’s investigators say the vest was stolen from an unmarked West Point Police vehicle while it was parked unlocked at a residence in the Fling Road area. Along with the ballistic vest, the suspects reportedly stole a tazer and some ammunition from the police vehicle.
As a result, Swigonski and Everington were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail on various charges.
Swigonski, age 22, was charged with three counts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Burglary.
Everington, age 22, was charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and four counts of Entering Auto Theft.
Numerous stolen items were recovered during the investigation and returned to the rightful owners.
These incidents are still under investigation by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section.
If anyone has any additional information on these or similar incidents, please contact the Troup County Sheriff’s Office at 706-8831616 or the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-8121000. Information leading the arrest of wanted suspects is often eligible for a cash reward.