After two subjects were arrested in Sylvania Thursday, police said neither would take the blame for stealing a laptop computer from New China Restaurant, despite being caught on video surveillance during the commission of the crime.
Sylvania Police Department received a call at approximately 4:12 p.m. from the location in reference to a theft, said responding Officer Daniel Burke.
The complainant stated that two black men came into the restaurant, one ordering food, while the other took his Toshiba laptop, from where it lay at a booth, and walked out, said Burke.
During the viewing of surveillance video footage, Burke said both subjects were identified.
When the first subject Dexter Dunbar II, was located, he claimed the two didn't go into the restaurant and they didn't leave together, Burke said. Dunbar said he was only there getting food, while his friend was the one who stole the laptop, said Burke.
Corey Donnell Stancil was then located and placed under arrest, Burke said, for theft by taking, at which time he first denied the accusation, but when police told him he was caught on tape and his friend said he stole the laptop, Stancil took police to a location on Jule Street where he had hidden the computer.
Stancil wrote a statement saying Dunbar had previously scoped out the scene and that it was his idea to make the steal, said Burke.
At this time, Burke said Dunbar was also placed under arrest, then Stancil threw his statement in the trash, deciding he would take the blame for it all.
Dunbar then wrote a statement, saying Stancil took the laptop and left with him, which conflicted with his original claim, said Burke.
It was then discovered that Dunbar also had a text message on his phone from Stancil stating he had stolen the laptop, said Burke.
Both Dunbar, 18, of Mock Street, and Stancil, 19, of Robbins Street, were placed under arrest, charged with theft by taking and transported to Screven County Sheriff's Office for processing, Burke said, and the laptop was returned to its owner.