A witness watched as a man walked though a local grocery store parking lot Sunday afternoon, broke into a car, and left on a bicycle. Shortly after the witness called police, an officer caught up with the suspect and arrested him, police said.
Around 5:35 p.m., police said, a witness saw Andrew Lamar Donaldson, 48, of South Main Street walk through the parking lot at Harvey's on Northside Drive West. The witness told police Donaldson entered a vehicle and rode off on a bike, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said in a news release issued Monday afternoon.
"Statesboro Police Officer William Dietz made contact with Donaldson in the area of Northside Drive West and Laircey Street," Turner said. "Donaldson was then arrested for obstruction."
Police did not disclose Donaldson's actions that resulted in the obstruction charge.
"Upon further investigation, a search warrant was issued for Donaldson's residence, where property was recovered from multiple entering autos," Turner said. One of the entering auto incidents took place in 2012, he said.
In addition to the obstruction charge, Donaldson was charged with five counts of entering auto, as a result of evidence found during execution of the search warrant, Turner said.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Statesboro police Detective Keith Holloway at (912) 764-9911. Information and crime tips may also be submitted to www.tipsoft.com, or texted to 274637 (CRIMES) starting the message with "TIPSSPD." All information is strictly confidential.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.