Six suspects believed to be members of the “Mobb” street gang face charges after Statesboro police linked them to two armed robberies and a burglary.
With the investigations and subsequent arrests, detectives solved a burglary Sept. 12 at TC Outdoors; an armed robbery Sept. 18 at Maverick Trail Apartments on Packinghouse Road, and an armed robbery Sept. 20 at Fleming Drive, connecting all three incidents to the gang, said Statesboro Police Deputy Chief Rob Bryan.
Two of the six suspects are 16-year-old male juveniles. One was charged with armed robbery and participation in a criminal street gang, while the other was charged with burglary (2nd degree) and participation in a criminal street gang, he said.
Joseph David Anderson, 20, of Packinghouse Road, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, theft by taking motor vehicle, 2nd degree burglary and participation in a criminal street gang.
Steven Curtis Wilson, 17, street address unavailable (Statesboro) was charged with armed robbery and participation in a criminal street gang.
Joshua Lenard McCullough, 17, and Anthony Jerome Fulse, 17, both of Statesboro (street addresses unavailable), are each charged with second degree burglary and participation in a criminal street gang, Bryan said.
“During the investigations … detectives developed information that led to the identification of these suspects and also uncovered their ties to a local criminal street gang,” he said. “These investigations are continuing as detectives are investigating this group’s possible ties to any other criminal activity as well as attempting to identify any other potential members of this criminal street gang.”
Suspects in the burglary at TC Outdoors on Northside Drive East took 17 handguns and a rifle valued at about $10,000, but didn’t get away with the stolen guns. Bryan said the firearms were recovered shortly after the burglary, in the vicinity of the store. Police were alerted to the burglary by an alarm, according to reports.
A vehicle and other items were taken during the Sept. 18 armed robbery at Maverick Trails Apartments. A pizza delivery driver seeking the address from where the order came was approached by the suspects, who took cash, a cell phone and his vehicle. No one was injured, he said.
A victim in the Sept. 20 armed robbery at Fleming Drive suffered slight bruising. The victim’s car and other items were taken, but no injuries were reported, he said.
Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore praised the department for its investigative work.
“I am extraordinarily proud of the efforts put forth by our detectives in solving the crimes,” she said. “Gang activity in our city will not be tolerated. Gang crime in our city will not be tolerated.”
She also had words of warning for anyone involved in gang activity.
“If your intent is to commit crimes in the city of Statesboro of this degree, know that you will be caught,” she said. “Know that you will be punished to the extent that the law will allow. Don’t go down this path. Listen to those who have your best interest at heart, those that care about you, who are trying to lead you in the right direction.”
Anyone with information concerning these or other crimes is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text “TIPSSPD” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.