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Teens charged with stealing debit card

Teens charged with stealing debit card

Teens charged with stealing debit card

Robert Fleming

Two teens who snatched a debit card from a senior citizen were arrested after someone recognized one of them from surveillance photos, police said.

Robert Fleming, 17, of Pine Street, was on probation when he and a 16-year-old accomplice snatched a debit card from a 67-year-old man around 1 a.m. Feb. 3 after seeing the man withdraw money from an ATM on South Main Street, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.

Statesboro police distributed a photo of Fleming and the other teen to local media and posted it on the department's Facebook page, where Bill Martin, the juvenile program manager for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice's Bulloch County Court Services Office, recognized Fleming. He then contacted Detective Kevin Weatherly and identified one of the suspects as Fleming, Turner said.

The photo was from surveillance video at the Gate Station on South Main Street. Both are charged with 19 counts of financial transaction card fraud, as well as robbery by sudden snatch, Turner said.

Weatherly tried to locate Fleming at the address Martin provided, but he was not there. However, the 16-year-old suspect was at the residence, and was taken into custody. The 16-year-old is from Sardis, and, like Fleming, was on probation, Turner said.

While police were questioning the 16-year-old, Fleming tried to call him, allowing police to locate Fleming and arrest him, Turner said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Weatherly at (912) 764-9911 or submit an anonymous tip to Tips can also be made via text. Send "TIPSSPD" followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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