Screven County Sheriff's Office investigators made four arrests last week in connection with several recent burglaries.
Three of those, Inv. Michael Duncan said, were a direct result of a small piece of information provided by a concerned citizen. The fourth arrest followed the match of a fingerprint obtained at the point of entry from a Bryans Bridge Road burglary earlier this fall, said Sgt. Brett Dickerson.
After authorities received a tip on December 11 as to where possibly stolen guns were located, they executed a search at a residence on Ogeechee Road, Duncan said.
The informant called the Sheriff's Office after overhearing a juvenile bragging about guns in his possession.
With receiving additional information that other items of stolen property were located at a residence in Emanuel County, investigators recovered this property as well.
Throughout the investigation, another warrant was obtained to conduct a search of a third residence, also on Ogeechee Road, where Duncan said a number other stolen weapons, televisions, and miscellaneous items were recovered. Some marijuana and cocaine were confiscated as well, he said.
The 16-year-old juvenile was arrested on burglary and drug charges, Duncan said.
On Sunday, December 12, both Jerry Oliver, Jr., 20, and Michael Justin Poling, 18, of Ogeechee Road were arrested.
Oliver was charged with two counts of burglary, theft by receiving stolen property, and possession of cocaine, said Duncan.
Poling was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute, and theft by receiving stolen property, said Duncan.
Many of the stolen items have been traced back to at least three different burglaries that occurred in Screven Co. recently, he said. For many of the items, their owners have been located, Duncan said, but several have not.
The entire case is still under investigation, he said.
In a separate case, Alvin Oliver, Jr., 18, of Waynesboro Highway, was arrested in connection with the Bryans Bridge Road burglary earlier this fall, Dickerson said. A fingerprint match was made, he said, and Oliver was arrested with charges of burglary.
Duncan emphasized the importance of information provided to authorities, no matter how small it may be. In this case, Duncan said one small piece of information from a concerned citizen led to the recovery of numerous stolen items.
Screven Co. authorities also remind citizens that with the holidays upon us, burglaries have increased, so it is recommended to keep good records of valuable items, with photographs and serial numbers for each item kept in a secure location. If stolen, the valuables are then much more likely to be recovered, Duncan said.