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Man charged in bank burglaries
Police: Suspect responsible for 4 recent break-ins
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After a third bank burglary in Statesboro in recent months, police arrested a man they said is responsible for the crimes.
Darrell Demond Hunter, 29, Turner Street, is charged with three counts of second degree burglary and one count of “smash and grab” burglary, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
Hunter is believed to be responsible for the three bank burglaries a well as a burglary at a local convenience store, he said.
On May 27, someone burglarized the Amoco Gas Station on North Main Street. On July 30, someone shattered a window and broke into Farmer’s and Merchants Bank on North Main Street, he said.
Similar burglaries happened on Oct. 15 at Heritage Bank of the South on South Main Street and on Monday at Sea Island Bank on South Main Street. Evidence linked Hunter to all four incidents, he said.
Statesboro Police Det. Ben Purvis and Det. Sgt. James Winskey arrested Hunter Wednesday in Claxton, with assistance from Evans County Sheriff Randall Tippins and his office. Turner said.
“On the day before Thanksgiving, the Statesboro Police Department received forensic evidence from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab that connected Hunter to the Farmer’s and Merchants burglary,” he said. “Through further investigation,  Hunter was located in Claxton and taken into custody.  This case is still under investigation.”
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Ben Purvis at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. 
Anonymous tips may be submitted online at or by sending a text message beginning with “TIPSSPD” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.

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