A second suspect has been arrested in a series of burglary and theft cases across Bulloch County, authorities said.
Deneil Savon Jackson, 19, of Cedarwood Acres Mobile Home Park, was booked into the Bulloch County Jail Tuesday night on the following charges: nine counts of first-degree burglary, two counts each of criminal attempt to commit burglary and felony theft by taking, and one count of second-degree burglary.
Jamie Lamont Smith, 40, of Sinkhole Road, is the first suspect, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office. He was arrested July 24 after sheriff's office investigators executed a search warrant for his residence, in the 7000 block of Sinkhole Road, and found "numerous items of stolen property," Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in an Aug. 1 news release announcing Smith's arrest.
Smith's arrest solved 17 burglary and theft cases from local builders and mobile home dealerships from late June to late July, Anderson said. Smith, who is a registered sex offender, convicted of statutory rape in 1997, was charged with the same offenses as Jackson, the sheriff said.
The burglaries to which Smith and Jackson are connected took place in the Bridgewater subdivision, which is under construction on Josh Deal Road; Langley Pond, which is under construction on Burkhalter Road; and Jesup Homes, which is on U.S. Highway 301 South, Anderson said.
The sheriff added that investigators linked Smith and Jackson to "other commercial burglaries of a more conventional nature" on the Highway 301 South corridor.
Patrol deputies working with investigators and members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team "saturated these areas and used other investigative methods to prevent further thefts and to locate those responsible for earlier ones," Anderson said.
Investigators also searched residences in Cedarwood Acres Mobile Home Park on Old Register Way and homes on Old Stagecoach Road. During these searches, investigators recovered approximately $14,240 worth of stolen property, authorities said.
Smith also was identified as one of two subjects caught on security video at Deloach's Diesel on Highway 301 South, seen committing a theft of metal from that location in May, Anderson said.
The ongoing investigations are led by sheriff's Investigators Dusty Williams and Jason Long, and other arrests are expected, according to the sheriff's office.