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Suspects caught stealing from cars
3 facing charges
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Three entering auto suspects face charges after being caught with items allegedly stolen from several vehicles.

Statesboro police responded Thursday to The Hamptons Apartments on Rucker Lane after a call about suspicious persons checking car doors, trying to open them, said Statesboro Police Capt. Jared Akins.

The complainant kept an eye on the suspects and informed responding officers of the suspects’ whereabouts..

 “As officers arrived in the complex they located the three suspicious individuals,” he said.

Michael Phillips, 19, of Mud Rd, Brooklet, was taken into custody after a short foot chase.  Breanna Murray, 17, of Mikell Street, as taken into custody by other officers at the scene, but a third suspect, later identified as Pashaad Bethea, 18 , also of a Mikell Sttreet address,  escaped on foot.  Bethea was captured Friday, her said.

 “As officers and detectives searched Phillips and Murray, and the vehicle belonging to them near the scene, it became apparent that they possessed property from a number of entering autos,” Akins said. “Officers worked with management at the Hamptons and knocked on doors to find potential victims within the complex.  Additionally, detectives networked with Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators to recover property and identify victims.”

Two stolen firearms were recovered during this investigation, as well as other items.   

Bethea, Phillips, and Murray are currently housed at the Bulloch County Jail and charged with multiple counts of entering auto.  As the investigation progresses, more charges are expected.   

“It is important to remember always to lock, and check, your car doors before leaving the vehicle unattended," he said. “Also, remember to remove valuable items, especially firearms, from vehicles, as guns are the number one target for entering auto suspects in our area.”

If you observe suspicious activity, “please contact law enforcement immediately,” he said. “These suspects would not have been apprehended had it not been for an observant resident who took the time to call police.”

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