Less than an hour after a woman witnessed a burglary Monday, Bulloch County sheriff's deputies had the suspects in custody.
A 16-year-old male and Dauntavius Robinson, 18, of U.S. Highway 301 South, were spotted and taken into custody 45 minutes after deputies responded to a call about a burglary in progress at an Oakwood Drive home, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Tuesday.
Around 1:45 p.m. Monday, patrol deputies spoke with a woman who said she "observed two black males force entry to the home and called 911 for assistance,"
Anderson said. "Upon arrival, deputies set up a perimeter around the residence, made entry and cleared the home, finding no one inside."
Deputies then combed the area for anyone matching the descriptions of the suspects. Around 2:30 p.m., Senior Deputy Ross Newman and Deputy 1st Class Devon Deloach saw two black males walking on foot along railroad tracks that run parallel to Highway 301 South, "approximately one quarter mile from the burglary scene," Anderson said.
The witness positively identified the males as the ones she saw breaking into the home, he said.
Both were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where they were each charged with first-degree burglary.
Newman and Deloach received commendations for observing and arresting the two, Anderson said, and he praised the deputies for "their diligence and efforts."
Robinson remains in jail without bond, awaiting further court action, according to jail records. The juvenile was released to his parents.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.