A third suspect in a rash of entering auto incidents last week turned himself in to law enforcement Sunday, booked on several charges, including 16 counts of entering auto.
Frederick Lavaughn Holloway Jr., 20, showed up at the Bulloch County Jail Sunday, four days after Bulloch County sheriff's deputies arrested two others in connection to automobile break-ins in the Glen Oaks subdivision and other areas, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.
Holloway, of a Highway 80 East, Portal, address, was charged with 16 counts of entering auto, one count of party to the crime of motor vehicle theft, three counts of theft by taking/firearms, one count of second-degree criminal damage to property, two counts of interference with government property and one count of participating in criminal street gang activity.
Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, Bulloch County sheriff's Investigator Jim Riggs, who was off duty, surprised suspects breaking into vehicles at his Glen Oaks home, including his county-issued work vehicle.
He pursued them, calling for other on-duty deputies to respond. One suspect, Jaleon Deondre Harden, 17, of Anderson Parrish Road in Portal, was caught at the scene after a brief chase, but Artavious Shamar Thomas, 19, of Moore Road in Portal, "stole a local resident's vehicle and fled," Brown said. "He was quickly located by responding deputies on Highway 80 West and crashed the vehicle after a short pursuit."
Holloway escaped on foot.
A woman was also charged in relation to the entering auto incidents, which investigators believe began sometime in May, he said. Mikaya Michellea O'Neal, 20, of Pretoria-Rushing Road, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
Several residents of the Glen Oaks subdivision and other nearby areas had filed reports about finding cars and trucks that had been entered and ransacked and an array of items stolen.
Harden and Thomas were each charged with multiple counts of entering auto, assorted weapons charges and criminal gang activity. Thomas was also charged with theft by taking motor vehicle.
Harden, O'Neal and Thomas were all booked at the Bulloch County Jail Tuesday and await further court hearings, as does Holloway.
Brown said Statesboro police officers assisted in the capture of the suspects.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.