Watch Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown's press conference here.
A rash of burglaries spreading over several counties has Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown seeking help from residents, asking people to be observant and notice things in their neighborhoods.
Someone has been kicking in doors and taking guns and jewelry in Bulloch and adjacent counties “and some that don’t butt up to us,” he said during a press conference held Thursday morning.
Citing ongoing investigations, he would not list locations of the burglaries except to say the ones in Bulloch have been mainly in the Highway 46 and Interstate 16 area. Brown also withheld information about whether the suspects somehow knew there were guns and jewelry in the targeted homes. The burglaries seem to take place “two at a time,” he said.
He asked residents to pay attention and report any suspicious people or activity.
“We need more feedback,” he said, warning people to be wary of strangers who stop to ask for work or directions. While there have been no such reports connected to area burglaries, being aware of what is going on in your neighborhood is a good idea, he said.
“Be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to call. Communicate with us. Let us know what is going on. If something seems wrong or out of place … be that nosy neighbor.”
There have been about 10 burglaries since May, and investigators noticed a pattern “in about two or three weeks,” he said. Victims came home to find their homes had been forcibly entered, with jewelry and firearms missing.
Some homes had alarm systems that had not been activated, Brown said.
Asking residents to be his “eyes and ears, because I only have one pair of each,” he suggested recording serial and model numbers of valuables and storing those numbers in a safe place.
Brown also reminds residents that the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office offers a house check service for those who go out of town and ask that deputies give extra patrol and attention to their vacated homes.
In order to secure a house check, call the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 764-8888.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.