A Waters Farm Road woman saw two men stealing her husband’s tools Wednesday and called law enforcement. A short time later, Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies arrested five suspects on burglary and theft charges.
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said the Nevils-area woman called around 1:30 p.m. to report “two males loading up tools belonging to her and her husband … into a Mercury Grand Marquis.”
The men fled the scene, but deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers responding to the lookout posted for the car stopped it on Nevils-Denmark Road, he said.
After questioning the five occupants, deputies learned two were wanted in connection to a previous burglary on Waters Cemetery Road in March. They also found property that had been stolen from the couple who saw them taking the tools, he said.
Deputies charged Natoshia Dorothy King, 19, and John Christopher Taylor Jr., 23, both of Hwy. 250 in Glennville, with felony theft by taking, burglary, theft by taking and criminal trespass. Taylor also was charged with failure to pay child support.
Dredeskkus Saton Porter, 29, Geiger Street, Claxton, was charged with theft by taking (felony and misdemeanor), criminal trespass and parole violation.
Deputies charged Anthony William Smith, 20, Mitchell Drive, Reidsville, and Dustin David Roberts, 17, Odum Road, Glennville, with theft by taking (felony and misdemeanor) and criminal trespass.
All five were taken to the Bulloch County Jail to await bond hearings, Anderson said.
“The stolen property from Waters Farm Road was recovered and returned to the owner,” Anderson said. “Additional stolen property was located in the vehicle, and efforts are underway to identify the rightful owners.”
None of the suspects live in Bulloch County, he said. “This incident highlights a pattern observed by Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators, where many burglaries and thefts are being committed by persons traveling from county to county, making cases much more difficult to solve.”
Quick action by the victims and immediate assistance from the Georgia State Patrol helped in this case, he said.
“Fortunately, in this case deputies and troopers were close to the scene and were able to intercept the suspects before they left Bulloch County.”
Anyone with information on burglary and theft cases, suspicious activity or any crime is asked to submit an anonymous tip to email@example.com or call (912) 764-8888.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.