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Man flees after McDonald's theft
Caught, arrested after chase
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Herbert Reuben Hawthorne

A fast food employee fled from police Thursday after allegedly snatching cash from a restaurant register.

Thursday afternoon, a Statesboro police officer called for assistance after Herbert Reuben Hawthorne, 28, took off on foot while being questioned at McDonalds at the intersection of Arch Way and Fair Road, where he was reportedly employed, said Madison Warren, Statesboro Police community information specialist.

After the alleged theft, store management called police to have Hawthorne “escorted off the property,” and while being questioned by the officer, Hawthorne gave a fictitious name,

Then, he suddenly ran from the restaurant, with the officer in pursuit she said.

Several other officers, including Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies, responded as well, with the chase taking place down Fair Road, through residential areas and  all the way to Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, according to police radio traffic overheard during the pursuit.

Officers deployed K9 units to help apprehend Hawthorne, who was eventually captured in swampy woodlands behind the city wastewater treatment center.

Police did not disclose the amount of money reportedly taken from the cash register.

Hawthorne, of a Lanier Drive address, was taken to the Bulloch County Jail on charges of theft by taking, obstruction and giving false information.

He remained in the jail Friday after being issued a $6,000 bond, according to jail records.


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





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