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2 arrested in store burglaries
W CHRISTOPHER BRAZELL
Christopher Steven Brazell

    Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators arrested two men they say are responsible for six area convenience store burglaries.
    Deputies arrested Christopher Steven Brazell, 28, Ponderosa Road, Portal, and Tony Lee Peterson, 41, Dover Road, Sylvania, in connection to the burglaries, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
    Investigators have been tracking information on six burglaries and one attempted burglary since mid-October, he said. The stores targeted included businesses on U.S. 301 South, U.S. 80 West, Middleground Road and Sinkhole Road.
    At each store, the offenders used a brick to shatter the glass doors and escaped after stealing money and cigarettes, he said.
    “The burglaries took place in a matter of seconds, making it difficult to catch the suspects in the act,” Anderson said.
    But Sunday around 1:20 a.m., deputies responded to an alarm at the Chevron Food Mart on U.S. 301 South, where they found “evidence of an attempted break-in,” he said. Deputies began a “saturation patrol” of the area, and soon afterward, a Georgia State Patrol trooper noticed the front door of a convenience store at the intersection of Sinkhole Road and Ga. 46 had been shattered.
    The alarm had not yet been sounded, which indicated “that the burglary had just occurred,” he said.
    Deputy Travis Tuenge, on his way to the scene, noted a Nissan Frontier heading north away from the area on Old Register Road. When he tried stopping the truck, the driver fled, and a short chase ensued.
    “Deputies were able to block the truck in at the intersection of Old Register Road and Langston Chapel Road,” where two occupants, Brazell and Peterson, were arrested, Anderson said.
    Evidence linking the two to various convenience store burglaries, as well as a quantity of methamphetamines, were recovered from the truck, he said.
    Brazell is charged with six counts of burglary, one count of criminal attempt to commit burglary and two counts of second degree criminal damage to property.
    Peterson is charged with six counts of burglary, one count of criminal attempt to commit burglary and two counts of second degree criminal damage to property and several other traffic offenses, he said.
    Both are being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail. The case remains under investigation and further charges could be pending, he said.
     Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Inv. Walter Deal at (912) 764-8888.
     
    Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.

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