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Police: Man responsible for rash of break-ins arrested
Martonio Darquez Smith charged with 9 burglaries
SMITH MARTONIO DARQUEZ for Web
Martonio Darquez Smith

A series of break-ins at area businesses and offices should end now that Statesboro Police arrested a man they say is responsible for the rash of crimes recently.

At least 18 business burglaries since August 22 are likely the work of Martonio Darquez Smith, 26, West Main Street, arrested Thursday on multiple charges (nine) of burglary and one charge of cocaine possession, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.

Most of the break-ins have taken place around Northside Drive West and Zetterower Avenue, he said.

"Smith was arrested after evidence was processed that positively identified him as the offender," Turner said." Investigation into the remaining burglaries is continuing and additional charges against Smith are anticipated."

Thursday, Statesboro Police incident reports included break-ins at Low Country Billing on East Grady Street, Moore Insurance, and Wiggins Office Equipment. Turner did not say whether these incidents are related to others Smith is charged with committing.

Smith is currently being held in the Bulloch County Jail, "pending further investigation and court action," he said.

Turner had praise for the Statesboro Police Department regarding the work done in apprehending Smith as well as offenders involved in the armed robberies of Core Credit Union and Geovista Credit Union last month.

"The conclusion of this case and the recent arrests of the bank armed robbery offenders is proof positive that the City of Statesboro has very capable and dedicated police officers and investigators on the job," he said. "I am always amazed by the quality and level of consistent performance of our police employees - great job!"

Turner said anyone with information concerning these cases should contact SPD Det. Ben Purvis, who is heading up the investigations, at 912-764-9911.

 

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