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GBI investigates 3 Brooklet burglaries

Agent says break-ins might be related to 2 recent robberies along US Highway 80

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GBI investigates 3 Brooklet burglaries

Three burglaries Tuesday night and Wednesday morning have Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents looking for answers.

Brooklet Auto Service, Red Board Barbecue and T&J Autos, all on U.S. Highway 80 East, were burglarized between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Statesboro GBI Special Agent Cyrus Purdiman said.

The GBI is investigating the burglaries, which might be linked to a couple of recent armed robberies of businesses along Highway 80 in Brooklet and Statesboro, he said.

Brooklet police responded to the scenes of the burglaries Wednesday morning. According to eyewitnesses, yellow crime tape surrounded the areas.

The GBI is investigating the July 20 armed robbery of the Brooklet Dollar General, where two armed men robbed a clerk at gunpoint around 9:50 p.m. on that date.

Bulloch County sheriff's deputies responded around 11:30 p.m. July 12 to PoJo's convenience store just outside of Statesboro on Highway 80 after a man robbed the store at gunpoint.

Both Bulloch County Chief Deputy Jared Akins and Purdiman said there is no evidence to date that the robberies and burglaries are linked, but the possibility is being investigated, Purdiman said.

No injuries were reported during the armed robberies.

Purdiman declined to comment on items taken during the burglaries, citing that the cases are still being investigated. An initial incident report describing what was taken during the break-ins was not immediately available.

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


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