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Police: No suspects in homicide
Officers up patrols near apartment complexes
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    Statesboro Police officers have stepped up patrol around apartment complexes near the Georgia Southern University, but not because of a murder investigation.
    While police are actively investigating the strangulation murder of 19-year-old Brandie Danielle Davis, found dead in her apartment Tuesday, there are yet no suspects, said Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson. And the reason for additional patrol is due to a rash of armed robberies and burglaries that have occurred in the area since Thanksgiving.
    Statesboro Police Chief Stan York said Wednesday the murder is believed to be "an isolated incident."  As of Thursday afternoon, Brunson said there had yet been no suspects named in the murder. Davis, from McDonough, was a student of Ogeechee Technical College.
    Brunson said the extra patrol around campus — and on campus as well by University Police — is due to the extreme number of break-ins, armed robberies and other crimes, such as entering auto incidents, that have increased since the holiday season began.
    Over Thanksgiving weekend, an unusually high number of apartments, vacated by students who went home for the holidays, were targeted, he said. Police advise students, or anyone else leaving town for the holidays, to take valuables with them.
    In the majority of burglaries around the university area, thieves seemed to focus on lap top computers, video game consoles, DVD players and TVs.
    Campus Crossings, the apartment complex on Chandler and Lanier Road where Davis' body was found Tuesday, has been one of the apartment complexes targeted by burglars. Tuesday, victims reported two break-ins. But, Brunson said the burglaries have no connection to Davis' murder. Her death "doesn't appear to be burglary related," he said.
    Police remind students to be aware of their surroundings and travel with others, especially at night, in light of the unusual numbers of armed robberies that have taken place around campus over the past several months as well.
    Anyone seeing suspicious activity or suspicious persons is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 764-1542, Brunson said. Anyone with information about Davis' death or any other crime is asked to contact police as well, he said. All calls will remain confidential, he said.
     Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 489-9414.

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