Instinct and patience resulted in the arrest of six suspects in connection to a rash of entering auto cases.
When Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team Cpl. Mark Guarino tried to serve a bench warrant at an Oakcrest Drive home Friday, he didn't believe a woman who said the person he sought was not home.
He asked for Krystina Lorraine Dowd, 37, of Oakcrest Drive, who was wanted on a bench warrant, but Brandie Michelle Pippin, 36, of the same address, told Guarino she was not there, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a release.
"Cpl. Guarino, a veteran deputy with years of service, did not believe Pippin was being truthful and set up surveillance on the residence," he said. "A short time later, Cpl. Guarino observed two ... males running toward the residence from a wooded area carrying a rifle."
The deputy watched as one of the men, later identified as Kendrick King-Theo Dowd, 18, of Oakcrest Drive, "placed the rifle inside the home through an open window," Anderson said.
When the men then ran to the front of the home, Guarino called for additional units to assist him. When additional CST and Bulloch County sheriff's deputies arrived, Kendrick Dowd "ran out the back door" but was detained, Anderson said.
Deputies searched the home and found the second male, Thaddeus Vontel Harris, 17, of Lester Road, as well as "several other individuals who obstructed the investigation," he said.
Krystina Dowd was indeed home, in spite of what Pippin had told Guarino, and was taken into custody on charges of the bench warrant and obstruction.
As deputies searched the home, they discovered several items of stolen property, including the rifle the men had been seen carrying, Anderson said.
"These items were turned over to detectives of the Statesboro Police Department and used to solve several entering autos reported in the area over the past week," he said.
In addition to Krystina Dowd, the following people were arrested:
Belinda Sue Dowd, 58, Oakcrest Drive - obstruction, parole violation;
Brandie Michelle Pippin - obstruction;
Jacoria Adahlia Tillman, 18, Granade Street - obstruction;
Kendrick King-Theo Dowd - three counts entering auto; and
Thaddeus Vantrell Harris - theft by receiving stolen property (felony), obstruction, probation violation, bench warrant and giving false information.
Anderson said he commends Guarino for his work, "which resulted in not only the arrest of a wanted person but also the solving of several property crimes for the citizens of Bulloch County. In law enforcement today cooperation between agencies is critical to success, and these arrests prove that point."