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Sheriff's investigators still tracking leads in rash of burglaries
Brown encourages residents to remain vigilant
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Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown

Bulloch County sheriff's investigators continue to work with law enforcement in other counties to solve a rash of burglaries that has plagued the area for more than four months, said Bulloch County sheriff's Capt. Todd Hutchens.

Since May, residents of Bulloch as well as Candler, Bryan and other nearby counties have been targeted by burglars who gain entrance into their homes by kicking in doors and steal mainly guns and jewelry. Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown held a press conference in early July and asked residents to help investigators by being vigilant and observant, reporting any suspicious activity.

While the break-ins continue in several counties, including Bulloch, Hutchens said they recently have slowed a bit locally.

"We haven't had a burglary (related to this ring) in two and a half weeks (in Bulloch)," he said on Monday.

Still, there have been other burglaries in the area that are not believed to have been committed by the suspects responsible for the multi-county break-ins, he said.

Investigators from Bulloch and other counties haven't slacked up on pursuing leads, however, and continue to "put the pieces of the puzzle" together, hoping for arrests soon, he said.

During his July press conference, Brown said that most of the burglaries in Bulloch at the time had occurred around the Highway 46 and Interstate 16 corridor.

"We need more feedback," he said, warning people to be wary of strangers who stop to ask for work or directions. While no such incidents have been 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."

Brown also suggested that residents record the serial and model numbers of their valuables and store those numbers in a safe place. He reminded 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.



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