Detectives and investigators hot on the trail of entering auto suspects Thursday nabbed two men they say are responsible for several recent “ smash and grab” incidents in the area.
Bulloch County Sheriff’s Inv. Jared Akins, investigating a series of auto break-ins in the county, secured a description of two men who used a stolen credit card in a local retail store Thursday, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
After he broadcast the vehicle description, Statesboro Police Det. Sgt. James Winskey spotted the car as he was en route to another location where the suspects had been, Turner said.
Statesboro Police officers stopped the suspects “without incident” and after finding evidence indicating involvement in the break-ins, arrested the men.
Brandon Jerome Holmes, 18, Pike Road and Sherman “Tre” Leon Toulson III, 18,Crane Lane, were each charged 17 counts of entering auto, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, financial transaction card theft, financial transaction card fraud, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, he said.
Statesboro Police had been investigating “a series of entering autos that began in January of this year,” he said. “Detectives were made aware that the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office was also investigating entering autos that appeared to be similar in nature.”
Turner said Holmes and Toulson “were found to be in possession of stolen merchandise from recent entering autos. Additional property was recovered from one of the offender’s residence.”
Additional charges may be pending, he said. “The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department will also have additional charges for these offenders.”
These cases are still under investigation, Turner said. “Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Winskey with the Police Department (764-9911) or Investigator Jared Akins with the Sheriff’s Department (764-8888).
“We would like to express our gratitude to Chief Jeff Smith and the Public Safety Department at Ogeechee Technical College for their cooperation during this investigation,” he said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.