Investigation recovers thousands of dollars of stolen property, closes multiple cases

Over the past month, local builders and mobile home dealerships reported multiple burglaries in which furniture and appliances were stolen.  These burglaries occurred in Bridgewater Subdivision, under construction on Josh Deal Rd, Langley Pond, under construction on Burkhalter Rd, and Jesup Homes, located on US 301S.  Additionally, other commercial burglaries of a more conventional nature were reported on the US 301 S corridor.

Patrol, working with Investigators and members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, saturated these areas and used other investigative methods to prevent further thefts and to locate those responsible for earlier ones.  On 7/24/14 these efforts paid off when investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence in the 7000 block of Sinkhole Rd, Statesboro, where numerous items of stolen property were located.  The resident of that home, Jamie Lamont Smith (40 yoa, Sinkhole Rd, Statesboro) was arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail.  Investigators also searched residences in Cedarwood Acres MHP and on Old Stagecoach Rd.  Based on these searches, investigators recovered approximately $14,240 worth of stolen property.  Smith was also identified as one of two subjects caught on security video at Deloach’s Diesel on US 301S committing a theft of metal from that location in May of this year.  All together, 17 separate burglaries and/or thefts have been cleared by the arrest of Smith.  Smith is also a registered sex offender, having been convicted in Statutory Rape in 1997.

These investigations are ongoing, led by Inv Dusty Williams and Inv Jason Long, and other arrests are expected in these cases.  These cases would not have been resolved except for the dedication of Williams and Long, the hours of extra patrol by deputies and CST investigators, and information developed by Officer Jeremy Glisson, assigned by Statesboro P.D. to CST.  Sheriff Anderson thanks all the deputies and officers involved in these cases for their exceptional work.

Jamie Lamont Smith:  9 cts Burglary in the 1st Degree, 1 ct Burglary in the 2nd Degree, 2 cts Felony Theft by Taking, 2 cts Criminal Attempt Burglary