Four suspects linked to at least two armed robberies and several burglaries in the area are behind bars, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
Two juvenile males, 16 and 14, as well as an adult man and a woman, were jailed this week on charges stemming from a rash of burglaries in the northwest side of town, he said.
The 14-year-old male is also charged with two counts of armed robbery in connection to two separate armed robbery incidents near the Georgia Southern University campus.
Three of the suspects live at the same North College Street address.
Investigators from the Statesboro Police Criminal Investigation Division and the Crime Suppression Unit, upon obtaining information about the crimes, executed a search warrant earlier this week at the North College Street home.
They recovered “a large quantity of suspected stolen property” including televisions, gaming systems, GPS systems, cell phones and jewelry, Turner said.
Kim Kimberly Mikell, 32, North College Street, is charged with five counts of burglary in relation to the residential break-ins. Kenneth Barnard Mikell, 23, Hope Baptist Church Road, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property. Both are currently being held in the Bulloch County Jail, “pending further investigation and court action,” Turner said.
A 16-year-old and a 14-year-old, both males living at the same address as Ms. Mikell, are being held at the Claxton Youth Detention Center, also awaiting possible further charges and court action, he said.
The 16-year-old is charged with five counts of burglary, and one count of entering auto.
The 14-year-old male is charged witharmed robbery (two counts), burglary (five counts), entering auto, and theft by taking motor vehicle, he said.
Further arrests and charges are pending, he said.
Turner praised the officers involved in the investigation.
“Statesboro Police Officers Ryan Norton and Matt Brinson were instrumental in uncovering evidence and information that led to this case breaking open and should be commended for a job well done,” he said.
Anyone with information concerning the suspects or the crimes is asked to contact Det. Patrick Harrelson with the Criminal Investigative Bureau of the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911 or on-line at www.tipsonline.com.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (9120 489-9414.