Three incidents that took place in a span of four months last year at homes in the Savannah Avenue area are linked to a single suspect, Statesboro police said Friday.
On Dec. 8, a 58-year-old woman told police that a man approached her in her driveway at about 8:30 p.m., then forced her inside her Park Avenue home at gunpoint and robbed her of an undisclosed amount of money and miscellaneous items.
On Aug. 18, a 72-year-old woman told police that an unknown man was inside her North Zetterower Avenue home at 7:45 a.m. Police found signs of forced entry, but no items were reported stolen. Although the incident was reported as a burglary and sexual assault, the woman showed no apparent signs of injury.
A photograph of the suspect was obtained during an investigation into a Peeping Tom incident that occurred on Dec. 23 at a Park Avenue home. In that case, at about 4:30 a.m., a man walked onto the property, tried to look inside the home, then left. There were no signs of attempted entry into the home or vehicles on the property.
The photograph was released to the media on Dec. 24. The subject in the photograph fits the description given by victims in the other two incidents: a black male with a thin build between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall.
On Friday, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner asked the public to remain vigilant and encouraged anyone with any information on suspicious activity related to these incidents to provide it to the police department.
The Statesboro Police Department is offering a reward for any information leading to the positive identification of the suspect.
During these investigations, Turner said, the Statesboro Police Department is using every available resource into apprehending the suspect. The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office and Georgia Southern University Police Department also continue to provide assistance in these investigations.
Because of the sensitivity to the investigations, the victims' identities are not being released. This is an ongoing investigation, and no further information is being released at this time.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Investigations Bureau at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Anonymous tips may be submitted online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending a text message beginning with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.