Two teenage boys were arrested for a series of vehicle break-ins over the holiday weekend, police said.
At 4 a.m. Saturday, two suspicious males fled from Statesboro police Cpl. Nick Davis when he tried to make contact with them on South Main Street near the Statesboro Regional Library, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said in a news release issued Wednesday.
Davis was able to locate one of the teens, a 15-year-old male, of U.S. Highway 80 East, who was identified as the subject of a runaway juvenile investigation being conducted by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office. The juvenile was taken into custody and transported to the sheriff's office, Turner said.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. the same day, police officers found evidence that a vehicle had been entered near the Statesboro Library. Several other vehicle break-ins from the area were then found or reported to the Statesboro Police Department, Turner said.
Of the 11 incidents, five were on Broad Street, two on South College Street, two on East Jones Street, one on East Grady Street and one on South Walnut Street. Four of the vehicles were unlocked when they were entered, Turner said.
Cpl. Justin Samples said numerous items, ranging from low to high value, were taken from the vehicles.
Through further investigation, the 15-year-old was charged with 11 counts of entering auto. The other teen who fled was later identified as a 14-year-old male, of Johnson Lane, and arrested and charged with the 11 counts of entering auto. Both juveniles were transported to the Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center and await further court action, Turner said.
The 15-year-old was also charged with curfew violation, loitering and prowling and giving false information, in addition to the 11 entering auto counts. The 14-year-old was additionally charged with curfew violation, loitering and prowling and possession of marijuana.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Ben Purvis at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Anonymous tips may be submitted to www.tipsoft.com or by sending a text beginning with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.