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Boro man charged in 9 burglaries
Incidents occurred in the areas of South College Street, Vista Circle and Bruce Drive
Shareef Jerome Mathis

An investigation into a rash of recent burglaries resulted in the arrest of a man suspected in at least nine incidents.

Statesboro police arrested Shareef Jerome Mathis, 19, of Prince Way, who is charged with nine counts of burglary and one count of obstruction in connection to a number of burglary incidents occurring in the areas of South College Street, Vista Circle and Bruce Drive during the month of June, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.

During the times of the burglaries, police responded to the issue by increasing the presence of officers and enforcement in those areas.

"Through further investigation Mathis was named as a suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest," Turner said.

Mathis was riding a bicycle on South Main Street June 9 when Statesboro police Det. Ben Purvis spotted him around 5 p.m., but he fled onto the Georgia Southern University campus. University and Statesboro police pursued him, and he was located inside a GSU building by Statesboro police Cpl. Andrew Samples and GSU police Lt. Tyrone McBride, Turner said.

Turner said Mathis is suspected in five burglaries on Vista Circle, two on South College Street and two on Bruce Drive.

Mathis was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains without bond, awaiting further court action.

"This case is still under investigation. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues," Turner said.

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