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Clito areas crimes solved by arrest of juvenile

On 4/12/15 at 0302 hrs Sergeant Travis Tuenge was patrolling commercial businesses in the area of SR 24 at Mill Creek Park when he observed a John Deere Gator UTV traveling on SR 24 away from Statesboro. The Gator matched the description of one reported stolen on 4/9/15 from a business in the 5000 block of Clito Rd. Sgt Tuenge stopped the UTV after a short distance and observed the male driver fumbling around in his waistband apparently attempting to remove an object. For officer safety reasons Sgt Tuenge drew his weapon and began giving the driver verbal commands to put his hands up. After a short time the male complied and was taken into custody. He was found to be in possession of a Glock .40 handgun which had been stolen from an entering auto reported from the 300 block of Lane Rd on 4/3/15. The UTV was verified as being the one stolen on 4/9/15. The suspect was found to be a 16 yoa juvenile.
Further investigation into the incident was conducted by the on-call CID investigator, Cpt Todd Hutchens. The juvenile was determined to have committed two back to back commercial burglaries reported on 4/9/15 and 4/10/15 at the Zip In Foods #8 in the 5000 block of SR 24. These were in addition to the theft of the UTV and firearm.
The juvenile was booked into the Bulloch County Jail and later transferred to the Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center. He was charged with 1 ct Smash and Grab Burglary, 3 cts of Burglary-2nd Degree, 1 ct Entering Auto, 1 ct Theft by Taking- Felony, 1 ct Possession of a Pistol by a Person Under 18, and 1 ct Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
This incident highlights the ease in which incidents can turn deadly quickly. The situation could have been one of deadly force had the juvenile actually pulled the firearm from his waistband. Deputies must make split second decisions which can have lasting consequences and in this case had no way of knowing that the suspect was a juvenile. Fortunately Sgt Tuenge exercised appropriate restraint and the juvenile finally complied.

CST arrests for past week

On 4/3/15 at 0100 hrs investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team responded to the 1500 block of Fair Rd to assist the Statesboro Police Department in locating a suspicious person in the area. Investigators located Andrew Hughes (28 yoa, Hwy 121, Millen Ga) who provided conflicting stories as to why he was in the area attempting to flag down traffic. A consent search of Hughes’s vehicle revealed prescriptions pills not in their original container and a handgun. Hughes was arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Original Container Required, Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, and Driving while License Suspended/Revoked. Hughes was denied bond and remains in Jail pending further judicial action.
On 4/2/15 at 2030 hrs Deputy 1st Class Randall Norman made a traffic stop on a vehicle on US 301 S for an equipment violation. DFC Norman contacted the driver, Joseph Mathis (22 yoa, Jackson Rd, Statesboro), and passenger, Link Ridgeway (43 yoa, Abercorn Ave, Atlanta Ga), and smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A K9 also alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed six separate types of illegal drugs. Both Mathis and Ridgeway were transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with Defective Headlight, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (Marijuana “wax”), Possession of Psilocybin (mushrooms), and Possession of MDMA. Both were denied bond and remain in the Jail pending further judicial action.
In the days prior to 4/8/15, CST investigators were conducting an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine from an apartment at The Garden District in the 17000 block of SR 67, Statesboro. Investigators conducting surveillance on the location observed a male and female exit the target apartment and leave in a vehicle. Investigators, along with patrol units from the Statesboro Police Department, conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Stambuk Lane at which point the male fled on foot. Investigators attempted to stop the foot pursuit using a Taser however the male, later identified as Ricky Lee Lively Jr (27 yoa, Colfax Rd West, Statesboro), turned and began to fight one of the investigators by striking him, knocking the Taser from the Investigator’s grasp in the process. Lively was finally subdued as other investigators arrived. A search of his person revealed several types of controlled substances. The female passenger, Sydney Strickland (22 yoa, Isaac Rd, Claxton Ga), was found to be in possession of a significant quantity of crystal methamphetamine and also arrested. After the traffic stop, investigators returned to the target apartment and took two other persons into custody: Jerry Bentzel (23 yoa, Cedar Ave, Hagan Ga) and Candice Bivens (29 yoa, Garden District Apts, Statesboro). All subjects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail on the following charges:
• Lively: Felony Obstruction of Law Enforcement, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 2 cts of Sale of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Possession/Use of Drug Related Object, Attempting to Remove an Officer’s Weapon, Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Law Enforcement (misd), and Probation Violation
• Strickland: Possession of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Tampering with Evidence, Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object, Obstruction of Law Enforcement (misd)
• Bentzel: Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Unlawful use of Communications Facilities
• Bivens: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Sale of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance, Sale of Methamphetamine, Original Container Required, and Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object
Lively and Strickland were denied bond. Bentzel and Bivens were granted $10,000 bonds.

Murder arrest

On 12/8/2014 at 1330 hrs BCSO patrol deputies responded to a residence in the 6000 block of Buchan Rd, Pembroke, for a death investigation. A 55 yoa female, Shirley Meyer, was found deceased at that location. Certain circumstances concerning the discovery of the victim raised concerns to Investigator Dusty Williams and the deceased was sent to the GBI’s Coastal Crime Lab for an autopsy. The autopsy revealed that Meyer had been strangled to death. Investigators developed further information as the case progressed and on 4/1/15 obtained an arrest warrant for the victim’s husband, Douglas Meyer (58 yoa, Buchan Rd, Pembroke), charging him with Murder. Meyer was taken into custody and transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he awaits further judicial action.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Inv Dusty Williams at 912-764-1703 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Armed robbery arrests

On 3/27/15 at 1915 hrs BCSO patrol deputies were dispatched to a person-to-person armed robbery which had occurred in the 3000 block of SR 119 in the Eldora community of Bulloch County. Upon arrival deputies spoke with the 24 yoa male victim who stated that he had been robbed by a male and female using a firearm. Subsequent investigation by Investigator Walter Deal identified the suspects as Robert James Kendrick Jr (28 yoa, SR 119, Ellabell) and Ashley Ann Ristau (18 yoa, Allison Rd, Guyton). Warrants issued for both suspects on charges stemming from this incident. Both suspects were already sought by deputies on other unrelated warrants.
On 3/31/15 Kendrick and Ristau were arrested by deputies in Bibb County Ga. Ristau was returned to Bulloch County and charged with Armed Robbery and Felony Theft by Taking. Kendrick faces additional charges in Bibb County and when he is eventually extradited to Bulloch County will be charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Battery (FV), and Failure to Pay Child Support.
Anyone with information on this incident should contact Inv Walter Deal at 912-764-1788 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Investigators arrest fugitive

On 3/27/15, investigators with BCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division received information that a wanted person from McDuffie County was located in Statesboro. Robert Anthony Eubanks (35 yoa) was wanted by the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office on aggravated child molestation charges and had fled to avoid prosecution. Investigators were able to set up surveillance on possible locations where Eubanks frequented. He was arrested at McDonald’s Restaurant on Northside Drive East in Statesboro without incident. Eubanks was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and later turned over to deputies from McDuffie County.

Vehicle pursuit leads to recovery of stolen vehicle

On 3/7/15 members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team attempted to stop a silver Toyota Corolla after discovering that its tag was entered as stolen by the Statesboro Police Department.  The vehicle fled and after a pursuit lasting several minutes in Statesboro was able to elude investigators.  On 3/9/15 Investigators Thomas McKeithen and Sneed Collins, assigned to CST, located the vehicle again on Denmark Street in Statesboro and the vehicle again fled.  Inv McKeithen was able to utilize the Pursuit Intervention Technique (P.I.T.) to bring a quick end to the chase with no injuries.  McKeithen, along with approximately 20 other BCSO deputies and CST investigators, had been certified to perform the P.I.T. in November 2014 after Sheriff Anderson authorized their attendance at a large training class at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

 

Upon further investigation the vehicle was reported stolen from Savannah Ga and the tag from Statesboro.  The driver, Lee Williams (25 yoa, Savannah Ga), was also found in possession of cocaine and to have warrants for his arrest in Chatham County.  He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with 2 counts of theft by receiving stolen property (felony), 2 counts of theft by receiving stolen property (misdemeanor), 2 counts of fleeing and attempting to elude police, 1 count possession of cocaine, and various traffic charges.

SPD/BCSO members recover stolen vehicle

On 3/8/15 Statesboro Police officers Jason Borne and Yusuf Saadiq ran the tag on a 1991 Nissan pickup, the response to which was slightly delayed due to a computer lag.  The delayed response indicated that the truck was stolen out of Spaulding County.  SPD patrol officers and investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, assisted by BCSO patrol deputies, flooded the area near South Main Street searching for the vehicle.  Senior Deputy William Sims located the stolen truck parked at Gnat’s Landing on South Main St unoccupied.  Officers Borne and Saadiq located two white males and one white female walking away from the area and were able to positively identify them as the occupants of the stolen truck.  One of the males was also found to be in possession of a .380 pistol concealed in his waistband.  All three offenders were transported to the Bulloch County Jail.  Followup investigations were turned over to CST and it was discovered that two of the subjects had only moved to Statesboro days prior to being arrested.

 

This case highlights the cooperation between law enforcement agencies which is so important today and which made possible the formation of CST.  It also points out the dangers faced by law enforcement when felons are found to possess firearms while committing other crimes.

 

Charges:

Kenneth Shane Crawford (36 yoa, Griffin Ga):  Theft by receiving stolen property (felony), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapons

 

Tosha Baggs (34 yoa, Hapeville, Ga):  Theft by receiving stolen property (felony)

 

Spencer Kelly Flythe (36 yoa, Old Register Rd, Statesboro):  Theft by receiving stolen property (felony)

Deputies arrest fugitive wanted in connection with home invasion in Alabama

On 3/8/15 BCSO patrol deputies received information that a wanted fugitive from Alabama was located in a mobile home park in the 2000 block of Old Register Rd, Statesboro.  Deputies were able to determine that this fugitive, Bobby Behel (48 yoa, Florence, AL), was wanted in connection with a February 23rd home invasion robbery in Russellville, Alabama.  Several firearms had been stolen during the home invasion, so deputies requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office’s Tactical Apprehension and Control (T.A.C.) team.  These deputies volunteer their time from other divisions and train for high risk warrant services, hostage situations, etc.  T.A.C. team members, supported by patrol deputies, were able to make entry into the mobile home and take Behel into custody without injury.  Behel was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and awaits an extradition hearing.

Burglary suspect sought

On 2/25/15 at 0130 hrs BCSO patrol deputies were dispatched to a commercial burglar alarm at Automation Systems in the 300 block of Bill Futch Rd, Ellabell Ga. Deputy 1st Class Devon Deloach and Deputy Mac Edwards responded to the location and after turning onto Bill Futch Rd observed a blue Chevrolet Suburban pulling a trailer leaving the area. Deputy Edwards followed the vehicle as DFC Deloach checked the business and observed signs of forced entry. The two then attempted to stop the vehicle, at which point the driver of the Suburban failed to stop. A pursuit ensued until the Suburban crashed at the intersection of SR 119 and SR 46. The driver fled on foot and could not be located despite the assistance of a K-9. The stolen trailer was recovered and returned to its rightful owner.
Inv Jason Long began his investigation of the case and developed Franklin Williams Jr (26 yoa, Beaufort SC) as a suspect. Warrants have issued for Williams for Theft by Taking-Felony and various traffic charges. Anyone with information on Williams’s location should contact Inv Long at 912-764-1747 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@bullochsheriff.com

Meth arrests

On 2-18-15 the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team arrested a man who was wanted out of Arkansas for a parole violation. CST Investigators were conducting a narcotics investigation in the Stilson Area of Bulloch County when they located Benjamin Allen Roberts. Roberts attempted to flee from a back door of a residence when investigators arrived at the property but was quickly taken into custody. Also at the residence were Brandy Roberts and Jeffery McBride. A subsequent search of the residence revealed a large amount of crystal methamphetamine and multiple drug related objects. Benjamin Roberts was found to have an active parole warrant out of the state of Arkansas. The three individuals were placed under arrest and transported to the Bulloch County Jail. Roberts is being held without bond pending extradition.

1) Benjamin Allen Roberts (30 yoa, JW Lane Rd, Brooklet) charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and parole violation.

2) Brandy Roberts (26 yoa, JW Lane Rd, Brooklet) charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and hindering the apprehension of a fugitive.

3) Jeffery Mcbride (50 yoa, SR 119, Brooklet) charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.