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Exploring Pembroke women charged with burglary, drug offenses
Caught rambling in an abandoned house
April Joyce Carter and Erica Debra Jernigan
April Joyce Carter, left, and Erica Debra Jernigan

Two Pembroke women caught rambling in an abandoned house Tuesday face burglary and drug charges, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens.

Someone reported a suspicious vehicle on Floyd and Mason roads near Gwinnett’s Crossing, and when a deputy responded, he found the vehicle empty. Then, two women — Erica Debra Jernigan, 28, of Georgetown Edwards Road in Pembroke, and April Joyce Carter, 43, of Sims Road in Pembroke — came walking up to the car, he said.

They admitted having been exploring the abandoned house and had small items that were of little value in their pockets that they had taken from the house, Hutchens said.

Jernigan was also found with methamphetamine, he said. She was arrested on charges of first-degree (felony) burglary, possession/use of a drug-related object and possession of methamphetamine.

Carter was charged with first-degree (felony) burglary and possession/use of a drug-related objects.

Both are held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, awaiting further court action, according to jail records.


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

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