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FMB branch burglarized
Employee discovered break-in Tuesday morning
Burglary graphic

The Farmers & Merchants Bank branch on North Main Street was broken into, and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken, Statesboro police said Tuesday.

Police responded at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday to the bank after an employee opened up and saw that someone had broken in.

"The incident appears to have occurred while Farmers and Merchants was closed and was initially reported by a bank employee that had arrived to open the bank for business that morning," Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said in a news release.

Police aren't releasing details, but are actively investigating the case, he said.

Police radio broadcasts indicated that a window was found shattered, but police would not elaborate on whether that was the point of entry. Police said an undisclosed amount of money was taken, but they did not say from what part of the bank.

Turner also did not say whether the bank had an active alarm.

Several officers responded to the bank around 7:15 a.m., where an employee had entered the building and immediately realized a burglary occurred. Officers scoured the building, but found no one inside, Turner said.

Bulloch DUI Risk Reduction Inc., in Simmons Shopping Center - a couple of blocks from FMB on North Main Street, was also burglarized, according to reports. Responding officers pursued two suspects, but no arrests were reported. Turner said there is currently no connection between the two burglaries. Further details on the Bulloch DUI burglary have not been released.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Investigations Bureau at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. You may also anonymously submit information to or by texting "TIPSSPD," followed by your message, to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.

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


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