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Local man arrested in auto break-ins
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Kern Christopher Blount Jr.

    A joint investigation by the Statesboro Police Department and the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office has landed a man in jail on several charges.
    Kern Christopher Blount Jr., 21, Johnson Street, was linked to several entering auto and motor vehicle theft incidents, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said Monday.
    On Thursday, a man saw Blount steal his bicycle at a Lanier Drive location. The victim followed Blount, and Statesboro police officers and Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies responded, taking Blount into custody after a short foot chase, Anderson said.
    Statesboro police Detective Tommy Brown recognized Blount from video surveillance obtained in the course of investigation regarding several automobile break-ins. The video showed Blount using a car that had been reported stolen, Anderson said.
    Around the same time, sheriff’s investigators found a stolen car at The Avenue at Southern. The car had been reported stolen from Hazelwood subdivision the night before, Anderson said.
    Sheriff’s Investigator Bill Black lifted fingerprints from the car and matched them with Blount’s fingerprints on the car, Anderson said.
    Further investigation linked Blount to several entering auto and motor vehicle theft incidents throughout the county, the sheriff said.
    The arrest was the result of teamwork.
    “For several weeks, both the Statesboro Police Department and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office have worked cases where the victims reported either vehicle thefts and/or entering auto (cases),” he said. “Due to similarities in the incidents, SPD detectives and BCSO investigators shared information and networked extensively, since a suspect committing crimes in one jurisdiction often commits crimes in another.”
    After collecting evidence, sheriff’s Investigator Jared Akins and Brown interviewed Blount.
    “Subsequent follow-up work by both agencies implicated Blount in a pattern of vehicle thefts and entering autos in both jurisdictions,” Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.
    Blount was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, charged by Statesboro police with two counts theft by taking motor vehicle, six counts of entering auto, and one count each of theft by taking and obstruction.
    Bulloch County deputies charged Blount with theft by taking motor vehicle, four counts of entering auto and several counts of criminal attempt to commit entering auto, according to jail records.
    He awaits a bond hearing.
   
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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