An investigation into a drug complaint and stolen property led to the pursuit of one suspect and six arrests, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team and deputies with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Georgia Highway 119 near Stilson to look into a drug complaint and the possibility that stolen property was located on the premises, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Friday.
Investigators made contact with the tenant, Robert James Kendrick Jr., 27, with an address of Highway 119 in Ellabell, who fled in a vehicle, Anderson said.
After a short pursuit, Kendrick abandoned his truck and fled into the woods on foot, Anderson said.
Two passengers in the vehicle, Jeffrey Taylor, 26, and Aubrey Sims, 33, both of Highway 119 in Ellabell, were arrested when marijuana was discovered in the vehicle, the sheriff said.
During the search for Kendrick in woods near his residence, investigators located a 2012 Polaris
Ranger that had been reported stolen in March from a Stilson-area resident. The Ranger was recovered and returned to its rightful owner, Anderson said
Later in the day, CST investigators received information that Kendrick was hiding at a residence on Railroad Bed Connector in the Brooklet area. A search of that location led to the arrest of Kendrick, along with Linda Kendrick, 52, of Highway 119 in Ellabell; James Robert Kendrick, 33, of U.S. Highway 80 East in Brooklet; and Annie Elizabeth Kendrick, 32, also of Highway 80 East in Brooklet.
Further investigation led investigators to a quantity of methamphetamine at Robert James Kendrick Jr.'s residence, Anderson said.
All parties were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.
Robert James Kendrick Jr. was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction, theft by receiving stolen property (felony) and possession of methamphetamine.
Taylor and Sims were each charged with possession of marijuana (misdemeanor).
Linda Kendrick, James Robert Kendrick and Annie Elizabeth Kendrick were each charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal.