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Three arrested in auto break-ins
One suspect still at large
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Sheriff’s investigators are seeking a suspect in a rash of automobile break-ins after two suspects were caught early Tuesday committing the crimes.

Jaleon Deondre Harden

One teen was arrested at the scene after an off-duty sheriff’s investigator “intervened” in an attempt to break into cars at Glen Oaks Subdivision, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown. The second suspect was caught after he crashed a stolen car.

 Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Inv. Jim Riggs, not on duty, spotted the suspects trying to break into his work vehicle and gave chase, calling for backup.

“Other deputies were alerted and saturated the area attempting to locate the suspects,” Brown said.

Jaleon Deondre Harden, 17, of Anderson Parrish Road, Portal, was soon apprehended in the Gen Oaks subdivision, but Artavious Shamar Thomas, 19, of Moore Road in Portal, “stole a local resident’s vehicle and fled,” he said.  “He was quickly located by responding deputies on Highway 80 West and crashed the vehicle after a short pursuit.”

Deputies are “actively seeking a third suspect who is thought to have fled on foot.”

Mikaya Michellea O’Neal

A woman was also charged in relation to the rash of entering auto incidents, which investigators believe began sometime in May, he said. Mikaya Michellea O’Neal, 20, Pretoria-Rushing Road, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

Harden and Thomas were each charged with multiple counts of entering auto, assorted weapons charges, and criminal gang activity, Brown said.

Artavious Shamar Thomas

Harden, O’Neal and Thomas were all booked at the Bulloch County Jail and await further court hearings. Brown said Statesboro Police officers assisted in the capture of the suspects.






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