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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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