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2 arrested in series of vandalism acts

2 arrested in series of vandalism acts

2 arrested in series of vandalism acts

Jeffery Tanner


Statesboro police arrested two men this week in connection with a series of acts of vandalism in and around Gentilly Road.

Justin Nasworthy, 18, of Swainsboro, and Jeffery Tanner, 19, of Granade Street, were arrested Thursday after police began investigating the property damage incidents, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said in a Friday news release.

Advanced Patrol Officer Justin Gawthrop responded to a Nov. 16 citizen complaint that a mailbox had been damaged on South Edgewood Drive.

Gawthrop took a report for the damage and walked the area, noting several other locations with damaged property. Throughout that morning, several other residents in the area contacted police after finding damage, Turner said.

A total of 13 incidents were reported. The most costly damage, Turner said, was the destruction of the ceramic eagle in front of Howard Lumber — part of Georgia Southern University's Eagle Nation on Parade series of eagle statues.

Another resident, Leland Riggs, a World War II veteran, had an American flag and flagpole that was pulled up from his front yard and damaged. Six mailboxes were damaged, as well as two vehicles and one road sign, police said.
Martin Chiropractor and Wall Orthodontics found damage to lighting fixtures. One city street sign was damaged, Turner said.

Crime Suppression Unit Officers Thomas McKeithen and Kyle Briley identified Nasworthy and Tanner as the offenders and arrested both suspects on Thursday, charging them with felony criminal damage to property and several counts of criminal trespass. Nasworthy also was charged with making false statements in writing, another felony. Both suspects are currently being held in the Bulloch County Jail without bond.

Police investigators connected Nasworthy and Tanner with the following damage reports, Turner said:

- Howard Lumber — ceramic eagle destroyed
- Martin Chiropractor — two light fixtures
- Wall Orthodontics — light fixture
- Gentilly Gardens — mailbox and flower bed
- North Edgewood Drive — American flag and flagpole
- Holly Drive — Mercedes side mirror and hood ornament; Nissan, side mirror; two mailboxes
- South Edgewood Drive — three mailboxes and street sign at intersection with Forest Way.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Investigation Bureau at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Anonymous tips may be submitted online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending a text message beginning with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.

 

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