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Bulloch County sheriff's officers swarm Statesboro's South Main Street
3 suspects arrested after stolen pickup truck found Sunday at Gnats Landing
Kenneth Shane Crawford

Three suspects traveling in a stolen truck were arrested Sunday, an incident that drew a large number of officers to South Main Street, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.

One of the suspects was a convicted felon carrying a pistol in his waistband, the sheriff's office said in a Tuesday news release.

Statesboro police officers Jason Borne and Yusuf Saadiq "ran the tag on a 1991 Nissan pickup" Sunday, but did not stop the vehicle immediately because of a delayed response caused by a "computer lag," according to the release.

But when the "delayed response indicated that the truck was stolen out of Spaulding County," Statesboro police officers and Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team investigators, assisted by sheriff's deputies, "flooded the area near South Main Street searching for the vehicle," the release says.

Bulloch County sheriff's Senior Deputy William Sims located the stolen truck, which was parked at Gnat's Landing on South Main Street, unoccupied, according to the release.

Shortly afterward, Borne and Saadiq spotted two men and a woman "walking away from the area and were able to positively identify them as the occupants of the stolen truck," the release says.

One man, Kenneth Shane Crawford, 36, of Griffin, was found to be in possession of a .380-caliber pistol concealed in his waistband. Further investigation of his criminal history led to charges of felony theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Tosha Leanne Baggs, 34, of Cedarwood Acres Mobile Home Park, and formerly of Hapeville, Ga., was charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property. The second man, Spenser Kelly Flythe, 36, of Old Register Road, was also charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property.

All three suspects were taken to the Bulloch County Jail.

"Follow-up investigations were turned over to the CST and it was discovered that two of the subjects had only moved to Statesboro days prior to being arrested," the release says. "This case highlights the cooperation between law enforcement agencies which is so important today and which made possible the formation of CST. It also points out the dangers faced by law enforcement when felons are found to possess firearms while committing other crimes."

The Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team is composed of officers from the Statesboro Police Department, Bulloch County Sheriff's Office and Georgia Southern University Police Department.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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