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Man flees, charged with auto entry
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William Clayton-Alexander Baldwin

A Florida man fled police after victims saw him break into their vehicle Sunday, but officers caught him after a short foot chase and took him to jail, police said.

William Clayton-Alexander Baldwin, 21, of East Nine Mile Road in Pensacola, Fla., is charged with four counts of entering auto after police found him with items stolen from several cars, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said in a news release issued Monday.

A victim spotted Baldwin breaking into a vehicle around 3 a.m. at Grace Crossing, and called police. The victim gave a description of Baldwin, and Statesboro Police Officer Patrick Webb arrived at the scene, located Baldwin and tried to make contact with him, Turner said.

"Baldwin fled on foot but was able to be detained by Officer Webb after a short foot chase," he said.

When he caught Baldwin, Webb found "property of two other victims that were in the area," Turner said.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Statesboro police Detective Ben Purvis at (912) 764-9911. Citizens may also anonymously submit information to or by texting "TIPSSPD" followed by a message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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