As part of its mandate to reduce crime trends, the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team was tasked with preventing burglaries in areas of student housing over the GSU Thanksgiving break. Each year thieves attempt to take advantage of the vacation period to steal from homes and apartments in the Langston Chapel Rd/Lanier Drive/Harville Rd/Old Register Rd areas. This year CST teamed up with patrol units of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Statesboro Police Dept, and Georgia Southern University Police Dept to hit these areas hard in search of suspicious persons or activity.
On 11/26/14 at midnight Cpt Jason Kearney observed a suspicious male subject inside the Landings Subdivision off of Burkhalter Rd near Langston Chapel Rd. Cpt Kearney made contact with the male, later identified as Rodney Miller Jr (22 yoa, Chandler Rd, Statesboro), and discovered that he was wearing latex gloves and was carrying a handgun concealed on his person. Miller was taken into custody and additional CST and BCSO patrol personnel responded to the area. A vehicle parked nearby was connected with Miller and discovered to have stolen property from a burglary that night in it. A second suspect, Caleb Watkins (22 yoa, Landings Parkway, Statesboro), was taken into custody a short distance away. A third male, Pierre Bass (22 yoa, Chandler Rd, Statesboro) was also determined to be a participant in the burglary, and arrested later that day near GSU campus. All subjects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they await further judicial action. Further investigation has led to the three also being connected to a burglary on Robin Hood Trail being investigated by Statesboro P.D.
Rodney Miller Jr: 1 ct Burglary 1st degree, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 ct Loitering/Prowling, 1 ct Public Intoxication, 1 ct Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Caleb Watkins: 1 ct Burglary 1st degree
Pierre Bass: 1 ct Burglary 1st degree