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Police: Would-be burglar caught in the act
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            A man police said was trying to break into a Northside Drive East business likely wasn't aware he was being watched, but observant witnesses nearby noticed the suspicious man making noise and called police, said Statesboro Police Det. Tommy Brown.

            When responding officers appeared at NAPA Auto Parts, they found Amos Lee Hodge, 50, East Olliff Street, on the scene.

            Witnesses at a nearby church "saw him moving around  and making noise"  and suspected Hodge had no business behind the building. One witness made the call to police, Brown said.

            Hodge told officers his reason for being behind the building was to relieve himself, according to reports, but investigation revealed tools Hodge left behind, as well as damage to a fence, Brown said.

            After determining Hodge was attempting to break into the business by going through the fence to a storage area outside, officers took him into custody, charging him with public intoxication, criminal attempt to commit burglary and possession of tools for the commission of a crime, he said.

            Hodge was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he is being held without bond, according to jail records.


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