A man sought in connection to a couple of burglaries last week turned himself in Monday, but added charges to his name after trying to smuggle in contraband.
Daniel Eugene Riggs, 29, Mulberry Park, Ellabell, used electrical tape to attach a cell phone to his body in an attempt to sneak the phone into jail with him, said Bulloch County Sheriff’s Inv. Jared Akins.
When jail staff discovered this during a search while booking Riggs in, he became unruly and disruptive, he said.
Already charged with two counts burglary, one count felony theft by taking, six counts theft by taking motor vehicle, and two counts second degree criminal damage to property, Riggs racked up additional charges of riot in a penal institution and unlawful possession of unauthorized items by an inmate, he said.
Investigators sought Riggs as a burglary suspect after a chase earlier last week, where he escaped arrest.
Deputies arrested Walter Sam Vincent II, 36, Mulberry Park, Ellabell, at the scene when the chase ended, taking him into custody on charges of burglary, five counts theft by taking motor vehicle, and second degree criminal damage to property.
The chase and arrests took place after a burglary victim at a Horace Mitchell Road residence Sunday, Nov. 20, and another burglary the following Tuesday, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
The first victim reported two men stole a pull-behind trailer and a four-wheeler, among other items. The second victim reported the theft of a four-wheeler on Stilson-Leefield Road, he said.
“The homeowner was able to provide deputies with information the vehicle used in the theft,” he said. “Surrounding agencies were notified of the theft and a short time later, the vehicle was spotted pulling a trailer with the stolen four-wheeler and two dirt bikes in Bryan County.”
The chase ended on Pearlie Mikell Road in Bryan County, where Vincent was taken into custody but Riggs fled on foot.
Items stolen from the Stilson-Leefield Road location were recovered in the vehicle, and more stolen items, including the things stolen from Horace Mitchell Road, were discovered in the suspect’s Mulberry Park Road residence.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.