Tony Thomas, former Savannah alderman, arrested after leaving ‘I owe you’ note in store’s safe

Tony Thomas
Tony Thomas(Chatham County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 5:36 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 12:14 PM EDT
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CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Former Savannah city councilman Tony Thomas was arrested for theft.

According to the Pooler Police Department, Thomas was arrested on Sept. 20 at the Parker’s off Godley Station, where Thomas was a store manager.

Police say a at the Parker’s off Godley Station and a Parker’s Asset Protection Manager were at the store that morning to do a surprise audit. They were doing the daily safe count when they found the safe to be $895.00 short.

Parker’s Asset Protection Manager told police there was an “I owe you note” in the safe from Thomas, stating he had taken the $895.00 on Sept. 19.

The Parker’s Asset Protection Manager told police Thomas said he had taken the money to his home and he could go get it. She says he did not return for two hours.

Police say they spoke to Thomas and he said he took the cash home with him to make coin change with it. He told them he would then bring the coin change back to the store.

Thomas told police he was there during the audit and he informed them he had taken the money.

Thomas was arrested for felony theft by taking. Bond was set at around $2,400.

He is expected in court on Nov. 10.

Thomas was an alderman in Savannah for two decades before losing in the 2019 election.