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York: Increased patrolling paying off in catching burglars
Reports: Three arrested in Dec. 25 burglary; one man arrested in Dec. 27 incident
Jonathan David Epperson - photo by Special
    Increased patrolling by area law enforcement agencies has paid off, Statesboro Police Chief Stan York said Monday.
Officers arrested three burglary suspects Christmas Day and another suspect in a different burglary Sunday. These arrests follow the apprehension of six juveniles and two adults last week.
    Statesboro Police officers were called to University Pines Apartments Friday morning around 3 a.m. after a caller reported a prowler. The caller told police there were there people "acting strange around the apartments" and reported hearing what sounded like "a door being kicked in," York said.
    Officer Jody Stafford, Cpl. Dena Smith and Sgt. Charles Forney found a window screen removed from an apartment, as well as a door that had been broken by being kicked, he said.
    Witnesses directed the officers to another apartment, where they had seen the suspects enter, he said. Those three suspects —Jonathan David Epperson, 20,  33 1/2 Street, Hiltonia; Phillip Lamount Dunn, 20, Balley Castle Court, Duluth; and Ricardo Deantreas Ellison, 25, Georgia Villas -  were in that particular apartment visiting the tenant.
    However, after Det. Ben Purvis arrived on the scene and investigated further, he arrested the suspects on charges of burglary and criminal attempt to commit burglary, York said.
    A fourth man was arrested this weekend after police were called to Robin Hood Trail Sunday, he said. Around 5:18 a.m., Officer Sebastian Colquitt found where a door had been kicked open and a motion light behind a home had been disabled.
    Colquitt called for assistance, and Georgia Southern University Police Sgt. Todd Cross responded to the scene. When he arrived, the officers saw a man flee from a window in the home. They gave chase and caught he suspect, identified as Adolphus Raymond Jr., 20, College Walk Apartments, he said.
    Purvis responded to this call as well, and after investigating and reviewing evidence, charged Raymond with burglary, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and obstruction, York said.
    Although there have been several recent arrests, the intense patrol will not lessen, he said. Statesboro Police arrested six juveniles in connection to a Park Place Apartments burglary last week, when the victim helped locate the suspects as well as some of the stolen items.  Earlier, Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men they said are responsible for burglaries around The Landings subdivision as well as other apartment complexes near the GSU campus.
    Dong Hyok Kim, 23, Woodlands Apartments, and Clayton Adams, 21, O'Neal Drive, were each charged with three counts of burglary, with further charges pending, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
    Kim was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, he said.
    York said cooperation between the three law enforcement agencies has been successful and will continue as an effort to solve area burglaries.
    "We will still maintain our vigilance," he said. "We will continue to have extra personnel patrolling the 'hot spots.'"

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