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2 arrested in truck battery thefts
Myron Justin Lanier

Police arrested two men Tuesday they say stole a dozen tractor-truck batteries and tried to sell them for scrap.

Myron Justin Lanier, 20, and Xzavier Juwan Lanier, 22, both of McKinnon Street in Statesboro, are each charged with three counts of theft by taking and of giving false information, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.

"Statesboro police have a warrant for a third suspect, Quentin Lashawn Lanier, who is also wanted for the battery thefts," he said.

Over the weekend, several truck batteries were reportedly removed from tractor trucks parked in an old stockyard near Stockyard Mini-Storage on Stockyard Road.

Officers began investigating at around 6:45 a.m. Monday after reports of the stolen batteries were filed, with the thefts taking place between Friday and Monday.

"While on scene, (Statesboro police Advanced Patrol Officer) Travis Kreun discovered additional trucks that appeared to have had the batteries removed. A total of 12 batteries were discovered to have been stolen," Turner said.

Statesboro police Sgt. Larry Kirkland contacted local recycling centers and advised them to report if anyone attempted to scrap batteries that matched the description of the ones that were taken from the Stockyard Road location.

Around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, police "received a call from a local recycling center advising that there were subjects attempting to scrap several vehicle batteries," Turner said.

Statesboro police Cpl. Antonio Williams and Kreun met with the suspects, "who were then escorted to the Statesboro Police Department to continue the investigation," he said. After a brief query, both suspects were arrested and taken to the Bulloch County Jail.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Kreun at (912) 764-9911.

Information may also be submitted anonymously to or by texting "TIPSSPD" followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.

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


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