A Vidalia man was arrested after two smartphones were stolen from two people just minutes apart Tuesday night, authorities said.
Bulloch County sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday to the PoJo's on U.S. Highway 301 South at Interstate 16 in reference to a sudden snatch robbery, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
While en route, a deputy learned that the Statesboro Police Department was tracking another stolen cellphone at the same store, which had been reported stolen 15 minutes earlier from Fair Road at Veterans Memorial Parkway, the report says.
According to a Statesboro police incident report, officers responded at 10:39 p.m. to Clyde's at Fair Road and the bypass. A man told police that two men approached him, asking to borrow his cellphone. One of them stole his iPhone 4S and fled on foot, the report says.
The PoJo's victim gave officers a description of the suspect's vehicle, and the deputy was able to stop the SUV on westbound I-16 at Exit 104, according to the report.
The driver, identified as Ricky Jackson, 19, of Jane Street in Vidalia, gave consent for officers to search his vehicle. A Samsung Galaxy smartphone, which had been stolen from the man at PoJo's, was found in the glove box. A Statesboro police officer also found the iPhone he was tracking, which had been stolen from Fair Road and the bypass, in the suspect's vehicle, the report says.
Jackson was brought back to PoJo's, and the owner of the Samsung phone identified him as the suspect, the report says.
The victim said that while he was parked at a gas pump, the suspect pulled up next to him and said he had to use the victim's phone for an emergency. The suspect then took off with his phone and got onto I-16, according to the report.
Jackson was charged with robbery by sudden snatch and theft by taking.