A man who police say robbed a Fair Road convenience store twice last month found himself in handcuffs Thursday after Statesboro police detectives linked him to the two incidents.
Keith Devall Bliey, of Savannah Avenue, is charged with “felony theft by taking and of falsely making, altering, forging, uttering, passing, or counterfeiting lottery tickets, (which is) also a felony,” said Statesboro police Capt. Jared Akins.
On July 8, a man later identified as Bliey, 51, “entered the office area of a convenience store located in the 500 block of Fair Road, Statesboro (Flash Foods),” he said. There, Bliey “removed two of the store’s deposits, totaling approximately $20,000.”
Having not yet been discovered as the alleged culprit, Bliey returned July 27 and again entered the unlocked office, unobserved, Akins said. This time, he “removed approximately $1,200 worth of lottery tickets from the same office before fleeing. “
However, surveillance video helped lead Statesboro police Detective Jodie Tanner to investigate the cases and identify the suspect as Bliey, he said.
Bliey was located and arrested on the charges and transported to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains without bond “pending further judicial action,” he said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.