A teen stopped for bicycle law violations Saturday was arrested on entering auto charges and may be linked to several other automobile break-ins in Statesboro.
When Statesboro Police Officer Travis Kreun stopped a group of teens Saturday night on South College Street to admonish them for violating bicycle laws, he recognized the group as having been seen in the area of Cinema 12 the night before, Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.
Investigators are looking into a number of automobile break-ins that occurred between 11 p.m. Friday and 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
“These entering autos occurred in the parking lot between Carmike Cinema 12 and the Statesboro Mall,” Turner said.
Kreun stopped the group of youths around 8:55 p.m. Saturday. The five juveniles were “violating bicycle safety laws and were being advised of the proper procedures for riding bicycles at night” when Kreun recognized them, Turner said.
“Further investigation … resulted in the recovery of stolen property from an entering auto that had not yet been reported,” he said. A 13-year-old male from Pamela Way was taken into custody, charged with the theft. He was taken to the Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center and awaits further court action.
“This investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated,” Turner said. ”The investigation is being led by Detective Ken Scott. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.”
Residents may also submit information to www.tipsoft.com or text a tip in the form of “TIPSSPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.
Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.