Bainbridge, Georgia--September 17, 2012
A second person is now behind bars in connection to a recent string of local burglaries.
Bainbridge Public Safety investigators say tips from residents and surveillance video led to the arrest of 21 year-old Calvin Taylor.
Taylor was charged September 13 with multiple counts of burglary and intent to commit burglary.
Taylor admitted to burglarizing at least five Bainbridge businesses and told investigators he acted alongside Lorenzo Snell.
Snell was arrested a few weeks ago on unrelated charges.
He now also faces multiple burglary charges.
Bainbridge, Georgia- August 21, 2012
Bainbridge Public Safety officers say it was an accidental shooting that led them to the man they believe is responsible for the recent rash of local break-ins.
Investigators found some of the reported items stolen from the Aug. 7 break-ins near an apartment complex about a half block away from where the burglaries occurred.
They interviewed nearby residents. One of them was 21 year-old Lorenzo Snell.
The following day, on Aug. 8, Snell was shot in the hand and was brought back in for more questioning.
"There was a 22 derringer gun stolen out of Parker Paint," said Major Robert Humphrey with the criminal investigation unit of Bainbridge Public Safety. "He described this gun as very very similar to the one that was stolen. So ultimately the burglary is one day and the next day, he gets shot."
Snell was arrested Aug. 17 on unrelated charges. Those charges were possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana. Investigators are continuing to build their case.
"There's evidence that shows there's property in his yard. He was shot by possibly the gun that was stolen," added Humphrey.
Owner of Parker Paint and the possible gun, says he's hopeful justice will be served.
"I'd call it Karma, but maybe, the way I look at it is, maybe God is looking after me," said Brian Parker.
Investigators say after looking at surveillance video, they do believe at least one more suspect is involved.
A $500 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leds to the arrest and conviction of those people responsible for the break-ins.
Call Bainbridge Public Safety at 229-515-0973.
Bainbridge, Georgia- August 8, 2012
Art Priest owns American Pie Pizza in Bainbridge, Georgia. His store was one of six that was broken into during the early morning hours of Aug. 6.
"They just came in real quick, took the cash register, yanked it off the counter, went out, opened it, and that was it," he said.
Bainbridge Public Safety is now investigating the rash of burglaries, which happened at Parker Paint, Dina's Hair Salon, Super Lube, All About Nails, an abandoned residence, in addition to American Pie Pizza.
"It kind of hurts, you know, taking a loss that you took," said Rodderick Whittfield, the assistant manager at Super Lube. "Replacing the glass, that's $300 for something that should have been avoided."
After reviewing surveillance video from several of the businesses, investigators say it is safe to say the string of break-ins are related.
Neighbor Louis Coleman said, "I've been here all my life and I've never heard of anything like this happening before. This is the first time ever."
Dina Chestnut, owner of Dina's Hair Salon, said hundreds of dollars worth of styling tools were stolen from her shop, as well as an air conditioning unit.
Investigators are working leads now to help track down the thieves.
"Oh I hope they catch 'em and usually they do," added Priest.
A $500 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest. Call Bainbridge Public Safety at 229-515-0973.