Statesboro police aren’t yet sure whether a home invasion Sunday at a university-area apartment complex is connected to previous incidents.
Around 7:40 p.m. Sunday, five black males, faces covered and guns drawn, forced their way into an apartment at The Grove Apartments on Brampton Avenue, a residential and commercial neighborhood near the Georgia Southern University campus.
Statesboro police Maj. Scott Brunson said the men physically accosted a male victim inside the residence, striking him in the face before taking a wallet, debit card, driver’s license, casino card and a cellphone.
Once they took the man’s property, the five suspects fled the apartment, reports state.
After a woman in the residence called police, Bulloch County EMS responded but the victim declined treatment, Brunson said. However, the victim later went to East Georgia Regional Medical Center by private vehicle for treatment of facial injuries, he said.
The offenders were not known by the victims, he said.
Investigators are not sure whether the incident is linked to a similar case which occurred last week at University Pines apartments.
In that incident, two men with guns entered an apartment and held up four people, brandishing weapons and forcing one man to the floor and binding him with tape before taking $15, three cellphones, a laptop computer, Play Station 3 and a pair of shoes, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.
Another home invasion took place a few days before that, at an Eagle Villas apartment, but University Police Chief Mike Russell said that incident was unrelated to the one at University Pines and was connected to a previous fight at another location.
Brunson said investigators are following leads to determine whether the incident at The Grove is linked to the University Pines incident.
“We can’t rule it out,” he said.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call (912) 764-9911 with confidential information. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to www.tipsoft.com or texted to 274637 (CRIMES) with the message being “TIPSSPD” followed by the tip information.