A man caught on video last month as he burglarized a Stilson-area home is now behind bars, thanks to joint investigations by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department and neighboring agencies.
Jonathan Nathan Edwards, 23, Garland Street, Ellabell, is charged with burglary, along with a woman jailed in Effingham County for burglary, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
Edwards and Marilyn Graves, also of Garland Street, Ellabell, are linked to several residential burglaries around Ga. 119, U.S. 80 East, Ga. 46 and locations near Nevils, he said.
“In addition to the Bulloch burglaries, surrounding counties began investigating similar incidents in their jurisdictions,” he said.
During the course of investigating nine area burglaries beginning in April, Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies responded June 14 to the Ivanhoe community, where a resident reported being burglarized and had surveillance video of the incident.
The video showed a suspect rambling around the home and then trying to tamper with the camera.
This was the second time the same resident caught burglars on camera, and the first time, a few years ago, ended in arrests as well.
Anderson made the surveillance video available to the Statesboro Herald and other media outlets as well as area law enforcement agencies.
As “still shots” from the video and the video itself were made public, investigators from Bulloch, Evans, Effingham and Bryan counties, as well as Savannah Chatham Metro Police, began working towards identifying the suspect and investigating leads from a number of burglary incidents, he said.
“Two suspects were identified in these multi-county burglaries,” he said. Thursday, investigators from all agencies involved served search warrants on Edwards’ home and at a Ft. Argyle Road location in Chatham County.
“These search warrants yielded numerous items of stolen property from Bulloch, Bryan and Effingham counties,” he said. “Subsequent interviews by investigators led to the arrests.”
Edwards is held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, while Graves is being held in the Effingham County Jail, Anderson said. “Each faces multiple charges stemming from burglaries in three separate counties.”
Anderson said he thanks all agencies involved for efforts and cooperation in solving these cases.
“Without each agency’s participation and input, these cases might have gone unsolved,” he said.
He also asked citizens to report suspicious activity immediately and to remain vigilant by watching for potential criminal activity.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (91) 489-9414.