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Four arrested during fugitive search
Wanted man, 3 others facing charges
Scott Collins
Scott Edward Collins

The pursuit of a wanted fugitive led to three additional arrests Wednesday after Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies found drug paraphernalia, stolen property and illegal firearms in a Nevils-Daisy Road home.

With assistance from the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Squad, Georgia State Patrol aviation and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies located Scott Edward Collins, of Sandy Creek Farms in Pembroke, at the home of Johnny and Vivian Renee Bridges on Nevils-Daisy Road, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.

“Collins has committed multiple crimes over the past few months and has been able to avoid capture until yesterday,” he said.

Collins was wanted on drug, traffic and theft charges.

When law enforcement arrived at the scene, Collins tried to hide by climbing into the attic, Brown said. However, officers quickly placed him under arrest.

He “racked up a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges over the past few months, and we are pleased to have him in custody,” he said.

While inside the home, investigators found “evidence of stolen property, illegal firearms and drug-related objects” and arrested the tenants as well as another man, Austin Jay Symank, of Mosley Road in Claxton.

Vivian Renee Bridges, 41, and her husband, Johnny Allen Bridges, 37, both of Nevils-Daisy Road in Register, are each charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession/use of drug-related objects.

Collins, 29, is charged with two counts of felony fleeing/attempt to elude, obstruction, possession/use of drug-related objects, suspended license, no insurance, improper lane change, felony theft by receiving stolen property, reckless driving, tag violation, hit-and-run, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and a bench warrant.

Symank, 34, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and buying or selling a motor vehicle or parts with altered serial numbers.

Brown said all four are being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Investigator William Sims at (912) 764-1767.


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


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