A report of theft by taking in Register earlier this month led to the arrests of three men suspected in other thefts, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
Bulloch Sheriff's investigators had been working on two motorcycle theft cases that were solved March 1 when a woman reported finding stolen items at a neighbor's home, he said.
The Hidden Hill Spur, Register victim told Deputy Mark Guarino "two yard items had been stolen from her property and that she had located the items at a residence on the same block," he said.
When Guarino tried to contact the men who lived at the house where the suspects lived, no one came to the door. However, Guarino found the stolen items in the yard, as well as two motorcycles that had been stolen in two separate incidents from other areas, he said.
One, a 2002 Honda, was reported stolen from a Middleground Road home Sept. 27, 2010. The other, a 2008 Honda stolen from a Two Chop Road home, was linked to an Oct. 18, 2010 case, Anderson said.
Further investigation identified the man who lived at the home, as well as two other men involved in the thefts, he said.
Clinton Reagon Brannen, 18, Hidden Hills Road, Register, was charged with two counts of theft by taking motor vehicle, one count of burglary, and theft by taking.
James Michael Fraley, 19, Five Chop Road, Statesboro, was charged with two counts of theft by taking motor vehicle, one count of burglary and one count of theft by taking.
Clifford Calk Minick, 18, Springdale Road, Statesboro, was charged with two counts of theft by taking motor vehicle, one count burglary and theft by taking, he said.
All three were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where the later posted bond. The cases remain under investigation, Anderson said.