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

Child molestation arrest

On 7/12/14 investigators with BCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division were notified of a sexual relationship which existed between a 14 yoa female and a 21 yoa male.  Investigator Walter Deal opened a case and determined that the sexual contact had occurred at a residence in the 300 block of Lanier Drive, Statesboro, over a period of several months.  There was no evidence of force involved and the two individuals were not related.  The male offender, identified as Joshua Alexander Fordham (21 yoa, Lanier Drive, Statesboro), was arrested on 7/28/14 and charged with 7 counts of Statutory Rape, 1 count of Child Molestation, 1 count of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, and 1 count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.  The juvenile female was charged with Unruly and Fornication.  Fordham is held without bond pending further judicial action.  Anyone with information on this case should contact Inv Deal at 912-764-1788 or submit an anonymous tip to

Man arrested for aggravated assault with knife

On 7/27/14 at 2200 hrs Patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of Old Register Rd, Statesboro, for a domestic dispute involving a knife.  Upon arrival Sgt Kenny Thompson spoke with the the victim and multiple witnesses.  All parties indicated that Brian Canty (48 yoa, Orange St, Statesboro) had engaged in a verbal altercation with a female at the residence and then physically assaulted another male in the yard.  Canty then retrieved a knife from the residence and attempted to stab the male.  Canty fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later in front of Hacker’s Golf Park.  He was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Knife during the Commission of a Crime, Simple battery, and Public Intoxication.

Domestic violence aggravated assault arrest

On 7/27/14 at 1830 hrs Patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 8000 block of Burkhalter Rd, Statesboro, for a domestic dispute.  Upon arrival, Deputy 1st Class William Sims observed a male subject, later identified as Larry Clark (32 yoa, Brad Lane, Statesboro), holding a female subject down in the yard preparing to strike her.  DFC Sims took Clark into custody and searched him incident to arrest, locating a .380 pistol in Clark’s pants pocket.

The female victim indicated that Clark had struck and choked her before pressing the pistol to her stomach and telling her he “was about to end this.” These actions took place in front of the victim’s eight year old daughter.

Clark was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with Aggravated Assault (FV), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, Cruelty to Children-3rd degree, Battery (FV), Obstructing a 911 call, Reckless Conduct, and Pointing a Firearm at Another.

Deputies arrest theft and armed robbery suspects

On 7/16/14 at 1100 hrs, Senior Deputy Doug Harrell was on routine patrol on SR 46 in a vehicle equipped with Automated License Plate Reader technology.  The plate readers, two of which were purchased by the Sheriff’s Office out of funds seized from criminals, read tags as they pass the patrol car and alert the deputy if the vehicle is stolen, has no insurance, is expired, or if the registered owner has an arrest warrant.  Senior Deputy Harrell received a notification from the system that a truck he passed on SR 46 did not have the correct tag for the vehicle.  Harrell further observed that the truck was towing a trailer with a covered ATV on it.  Deputies were on the lookout for suspicious vehicles of this type due to recent ATV thefts in Bulloch County.

Senior Deputy Harrell and Deputy 1st Class William Sims followed up and made contact with the truck at a residence on Old Donaldson School Rd.  The truck’s driver, Christopher Michael Jenkins (41 yoa, Red Hill Church Rd, Pembroke Ga), was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a firearm and arrested.  BCSO investigators arrived to assist the patrol deputies and discovered that the ATV on the trailer was stolen from Tattnall County.  Jenkins was transported to the Bulloch County Jail.

Subsequent follow up investigation by investigators led to the recovery of two more ATV’s, one stolen from Evans County and one stolen from Harville Rd in Bulloch County earlier in the month.  Investigators were also able to link two other suspects in the theft ring, Brandon Conder (20 yoa, Mill Branch Club Rd, Pembroke Ga) and Eric Fisher (22 yoa, Lem Lanier Rd, Pembroke Ga), with a home invasion armed robbery on 6/2/14 on Roberts Rd in Ellabell Ga.  Conder and Fisher were later taken into custody on the armed robbery charges.  Conder was transported to the Bulloch County Jail while Fisher remains in the Tattnall County Jail with charges pending there.

Investigators continue to investigate the activities of Jenkins, Conder, and Fisher.  Anyone with information on items which the group may have stolen or sold is asked to contact Inv Dusty Williams at 912-764-1703 or submit an anonymous tip to  Sheriff Anderson would like to commend the deputies involved in this case for their efforts and is proud of the use of technology, combined with excellent investigation, which led to these arrests.

Christopher Michael Jenkins:  No insurance, expired tag, driving while license suspended, altered tag, possession of methamphetamine, felony theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, probation violation

Brandon Conder:  Armed robbery

Eric Fisher:  Armed robbery

Assistance requested on commercial armed robbery case



On 7/12/14 at 2358 hrs BCSO patrol deputies were dispatched to Po Jo’s #2 in the 21000 block of US 80 E, Statesboro, for an armed robbery which had just occurred at that location.  Witnesses indicated that a black male  suspect entered the business armed with a firearm, confronted the clerk, and robbed the store of US currency.  The black male suspect then fled on foot from the store down Burkhalter Rd in the direction of White Oak Subdivision. No one was injured in the robbery.  An extensive search of the area by Patrol and units of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team failed to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’09″, approximately 175 lbs, wearing a light blue shirt with white undershirt, baggy jeans, black and gray shoes, and a black “fisherman’s” style had with Miami Heat logo.

Anyone with information on this case should contact Inv Walter Deal at 912-764-1788 or submit an anonymous tip to

In-custody death investigation

On 7/14/14 at 0530 hrs Jail Division Deputies located an inmate not breathing in one of the housing units of the Jail.  The inmate had last been observed at approximately 0230 hrs when Jail deputies conducted headcount and observed him alive in his cell.  The supervising Jail Division Sergeant notified Bulloch EMS to respond and contacted the Jail Captain, Chief Deputy, and Sheriff.  Upon the arrival of EMS it was determined that the inmate was deceased.  Per Jail protocol the entire cellblock was locked down and the scene secured for processing.  The Georgia Bureau of Investigations was contacted and requested to conduct the investigation, also per BCSO policy.  The deceased was turned over to the Coroner for transport to the GBI’s Coastal Regional Crime Lab for autopsy.  At this time the identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  As of this release foul play is not suspected, however a final determination will not be reached until the autopsy is conducted and the GBI releases its report.  All further requests for information should be directed toward the Statesboro office of the GBI at 912-871-1121.

Home invasion suspect arrested

On 7/11/14 at 2345 BCSO patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 7500 block of Stilson-Leefield Rd in the Leefield Community for a reported home invasion.  Upon arrival, deputies arrested Shannon Paul Mincey (32 yoa, Clyo-Kildare Rd, Newington Ga).  Mincey had broken into the residence in an attempt to locate his estranged wife and children, who had moved to the residence from Screven County because of domestic violence in the home.  Mincey had only been released earlier in the week from the Effingham County Jail.  Mincey had knocked out a window air conditioning unit to gain entry to the residence and was found to possess a knife when arrested.  His vehicle was located a short distance away and found to contain a firearm.

Mincey is the first individual to be charged under a new Home Invasion statute which took effect July 1.  The statute makes it a felony to enter an occupied dwelling while armed for the purposes of committing a crime.

Mincey was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains without bond.  He is charged with 1 ct Home Invasion-2nd degree, 1 ct Possession of a Knife During the Commission of a Crime,  6 cts of Cruelty to Children-3rd degree, 1 ct Reckless Conduct, 1 ct Simple Battery, 1 ct Disorderly Conduct, 1 ct Public Intoxication, and 1 ct Criminal Trespass.

Search warrant leads to drugs, evidence of animal cruelty

On 7/7/14 investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of West Jones Avenue, Statesboro, based on evidence of drug sales from that location.  Two occupants of the residence, later identified as Ray Walker Jr (37 yoa, Moore Rd, Portal Ga) and Demetrius Millen (32 yoa, Miller St Extension, Statesboro Ga), fled on foot but were apprehended.  The search warrant yielded multiple bags of cocaine, marijuana, and MDPV, also known by the street name “Molly” and similar to MDMA or “Ecstasy”.

In addition to the drug found, investigators also located three injured dogs and equipment consistent with the use of these dogs for fighting.  Bulloch County Humane Enforcement responded to the location and removed the injured animals.  This phase of the investigation is ongoing.

Walker is charged with 1 ct Possession of Cocaine with Intent, 1 ct Possession of Marijuana with Intent, 1 ct Possession of MDPV a/k/a “Molly”, 1 ct Tampering with Evidence, 1 ct Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, 2 cts Cruelty to Animals, 1 ct Obstruction, and 1 ct Possession/Use of a Drug Related Object.  Millen is charged with identical offenses.  Both remain at the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial action.

Theft arrest

On 6/24/14 the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Clerk of Court Heather Banks McNeal regarding a discrepancy in monies collected by an employee of her office.  Mrs McNeal indicated to investigators that citation monies handled by Karen Patterson (45 yoa, Shane Rd, Statesboro Ga) were not deposited as they should have been according to policy and that computerized records had been altered to conceal the thefts.  Patterson was terminated from employment by the Clerk of Court on 6/25/14.  According to a thorough internal audit conducted by the Clerk, approximately 19 instances of theft occurred over an approximately three month period and involved over $3,000 of citation money.

On 7/8/14 Investigator Jason Long served arrest warrants on Patterson for the offenses of Felony Theft by Taking, Computer Forgery, and Violation of Oath of Public Office.  She posted a bond of $10,000 and was released after being booked into the Bulloch County Jail.

Mrs McNeal believes that “the checks and safeguards that are currently in place in the Clerks Office are proving to be effective so that any deviations from office procedures are detected.”  The entire Clerks Office was completely cooperative with the efforts of BCSO investigators involved in the case.  Anyone with further information should contact Inv Long at 912-764-1747 or submit an anonymous tip to