SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – An investigation into 36-year-old Ralph McBride began in December 2019 when CrimeStoppers received an anonymous tip.
“We’ll write down everything they tell us and we immediately, within moments, shoot that over to the appropriate law enforcement agency,” said Larry Branson, the Executive Director of CrimeStoppers for Savannah-Chatham County.
Neighbors say they always heard loud music at the home off of East 70th and Ranger Street in Savannah.
“It was a fairly detailed tip in the sense that it said, ‘Hey, there’s this guy, he’s at this house, this is his name, he’s a felon who has firearms, and drugs,” said Gene Harley from the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team.
On Friday, CNT agents and Savannah Police Eastside officers went into the home with a search warrant.
Agents seized ecstasy (MDMA), marijuana and other items associated with the distribution of drugs. Also seized were three firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle, over $1,100, and 17 pit bulls. Officials say most of the pitbulls were puppies.
“Often in law enforcement, we stress to the community how important it is that if you see something, say something,” says Harley. “And this is a prime example of that.”
CNT arrested the McBride who is now out on bond. He’s charged with multiple felony charges including Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. Additional charges are expected.
This arrest comes as city leaders announced a new partnership between Savannah Police, CrimeStoppers and the community to fight gun violence.
“It just amazes me that people in the community actually believed that they could make a difference,” said District 3 Alderwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan. “That’s what it’s about now, having hope that your information could get this crime off the street.”
McBride is a convicted felon from an early 2000 incident that involved the hijacking of a motor vehicle.
CNT’s investigation into McBride began in December following an anonymous tip submitted through CrimeStoppers.