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.
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.
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)
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
On 1/19/15 BCSO patrol deputies received information that James Rodney Shuman (43 yoa, Harveytown Rd, Ellabell), wanted for Aggravated Assault and Methamphetamine related charges stemming from a 1/14/15 incident in Bryan County, was located at a residence in Bulloch County.
Based on the nature of the charges, Patrol supervisors called on the services of BCSO’s T.A.C. (Tactical Apprehension and Control) Team to assist with the arrest. The T.A.C. Team, composed of deputies from other BCSO divisions who undergo specialized training, was reorganized in 2014 at the direction of Sheriff Anderson and focuses on high risk warrant service and barricaded suspect operations. The Team, along with BCSO patrol deputies, searched a residence off of SR 67 for Shuman but did not locate him there.
Further information led deputies to Park Place Apartments in Statesboro where Shuman was sighted traveling in a vehicle. The vehicle in which Shuman was seen was stopped in a cul-du-sac in Park Place by T.A.C. Team members. Shuman and another passenger in the vehicle, Robert Boyette (20 yoa, Park Place Apts, Statesboro), resisted arrest but were taken into custody. Shuman was found to be in possession of a pistol tucked into his waistband. A meth lab was also discovered in the apartment in which Shuman and Boyette had been living. Both subjects were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they remain pending further judicial action.
Sheriff Anderson commends the deputies who were involved in the operation.
James Rodney Shuman: 1 ct Criminal Attempt to Manufacture Methamphetamine, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 ct Possession of Methamphetamine, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Wanted Person (Bryan County)
Robert Dillon Boyette: 1 ct Criminal Attempt to Manufacture Methamphetamine, 1 ct Felony Obstruction, 1 ct Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 ct Hindering the Apprehension of a Fugitive
Over the past several weeks the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team has undertaken an investigation into several individuals involved in the sale of stolen property from both Georgia and Florida. An investigator with C.S.T., working undercover, posed as an individual who was in the business of purchasing stolen property. The investigation led to the recovery of approximately $50,000 worth of stolen property including a Bobcat T250 “stick steer” and a dual axle trailer (both stolen from Pensacola, Florida) and another trailer with a Yamaha 225 boat motor. Three subjects were arrested and transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they remain pending further judicial action. A fourth individual has active warrants for his arrest. Anyone with information on this case should contact Inv Jim Riggs at 912-764-1786 or submit an anonymous tip to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Kevin Gaddy (22 yoa, Cedar Brook Dr, Savannah Ga): 1 ct Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, 1 ct Possession of Methamphetamine
• Arch Morgan (40 yoa, Hopkins Lake Dr, Duluth, Ga): 1 ct Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
• William Cherry (37 yoa, Zipperer Rd, Guyton Ga): 1 ct Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, 1 ct Possession of Methamphetamine
• Dustin Dowd (27 yoa) Last known to be in the Savannah area: 1 ct Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen property
On 12/19/14 BCSO patrol deputies received a lookout from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office on Randall Joey Futch Jr, the suspect in a homicide in that county, along with a vehicle belonging to the victim which Futch had stolen, a Buick Century. On 12/21/14, Sgt Rey Rodriguez was actively patrolling the area of SR 119 near Eldora when he observed the Buick Century being driven by Futch. Since BCSO patrol shifts operate with so few deputies, Sgt Rodriguez’s nearest backup was several minutes away. Deciding to risk a traffic stop by himself rather than risking the murder suspect escaping, Sgt Rodriguez stopped Futch near the Stilson Elementary School, ordering him to the ground using his patrol rifle. Futch complied and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and later released to Liberty County deputies. The stolen vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s Office for processing by the GBI.
Sheriff Anderson commends Sgt Rodriguez for his actions in arresting Futch. Sgt Rodriguez has been awarded BCSO’s Meritorious Service Ribbon for his bravery in effecting the arrest. In 2010, he received BCSO’s Medal of Valor for his actions after a Statesboro Police officer was shot and wounded by a suspect near Rucker Lane in Statesboro. Rodriguez’s dedication to duty is a reflection of the actions taken daily by understaffed BCSO patrol deputies in responding to all manner of calls for service. They are the backbone of this agency and serve the citizens of Bulloch County each day with honor.
On 12/18/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team were conducting a narcotics investigation at Blakewood Apartments in the 600 block of East Olliff Street, Statesboro. During the course of the investigation, C.S.T. members observed Johnathan Newkirk (29 yoa, Shuman Rd, Statesboro) and attempted to place him under arrest for warrants which Newkirk had from both BCSO and Statesboro P.D. Newkirk fled on foot but was apprehended by C.S.T. members using a Taser. He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains without bond. Newkirk is charged with 1 ct of Armed Robbery (SPD), 1 ct of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (SPD), 1 ct of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime (SPD), 3 cts Sale of Marijuana (BCSO), 1 ct Sale of Cocaine (BCSO), 1 ct Distribution of a Controlled Substance in/near a Public Housing Project (BCSO), 1 ct Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (BCSO), and 1 ct Obstruction (BCSO).