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Arrest breaks burglary operation
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Glynn County deputies arrested Deddrick Jackson of McIntosh County Sunday night and Hinesville Police have since said he is responsible for a string of business burglaries and car heists up and down the Georgia coast.
Many of them were in Liberty County in the past month
According to the HPD statement, its officers, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Richmond Hill PD, Brunswick PD and the Glynn County Sheriff's deputies have cooperated in the invesitgation.
In Hinesville more than 10 businesses were hit in two weeks.
"We have one of our detectives that is in the process right now of preparing the warrants that will be served on Jackson," Maj. Thomas Cribbs, head of HPD detectives, said.
Tuesday, the Times-Union and News 4 of Jacksonville, Fla., reported that Jackson was caught with a crowbar in the pre-dawn hours, after a break in at a Brunswick real estate office on Monday, roughly six minutes after the office's alarm sounded.
The newspaper reported officers saw the crowbar and a black, Atlanta Braves ballcap inside a black Jeep Cherokee being driven by Jackson when they stopped him about two miles from the real estate office. The crowbar and cap appear to match those captured in security camera photographs of a masked man who has allegedly broken into businesses throughout Brunswick and unincorporated Glynn County since March 5, as reported by the police investigators.
Since then the corresponding agencies have linked Jackson to burglaries within their areas. According to the news reports investigators have linked Jackson to business and automobile burglaries in Brunswick, Richmond Hill, Darien, Hinesville and Liberty County.
Cribs said local warrants are being served on Jackson to assure he answers for the alleged crimes committed here.
In addition to the commercial burglaries the HPD has been busy cracking down on a string of residential entries and random shootouts.
According to the HPD statement, officers believe that some of the reported shots fired around the Pointe South area are related weapons taken during some of the burglaries.
As recently reported in the Courier, HPD and other agencies converged on the Zouck's Mobile Home Park in Hinesville on April 23 armed with search warrants. As a result of the raid, Laray Brown was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, theft by receiving stolen property, and she may face charges related to the burglaries. Artie Belton was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. HPD reports that arrests on two other adults and two juveniles are pending.
HPD said it has been investigating the burglaries for several weeks and expects more arrests on charges ranging from burglary and entering an auto to aggravated assault.
According to the statement, two individuals from Hinesville were arrested in Garden City last week, allegedly in possession of a weapon reported stolen in one of the burglaries. A juvenile from Hinesville was reported arrested in Florida while allegedly burglarizing a home. It's reported he was carrying a weapon also reported missing from the same Hinesville burglary. He, along with two of his associates are expected to be charged as the investigation moves forward.
Corey Smith was also arrested last weekend for his alleged involvement in a burglary at Mt. Zion Baptist Church that occurred this February. Currently he is charged with theft by receiving of a weapon, and burglary charges are pending.
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