Two arrested for series of South Georgia break-ins

Published: Nov. 29, 2017 at 1:43 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

November 29, 2017

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Two Georgia men were arrested over the weekend on multiple counts of burglary.

Deputies in Seminole County say Sydney Jamal Torres, 20, of Donalsonville, and Darryle Lang, 19, of Bainbridge, were taken into custody on Saturday following multiple break-ins at local businesses.

On November 24 at 10:32 p.m., Seminole County deputies were dispatched to an activated alarm at Pineapples Country Store on Highway 45. When deputies arrived on scene, they checked the rear of the store and located a broken window where someone had apparently attempted to kick in a door. No items were taken from the store.

A short time later, at 11:52 p.m., deputies were informed of another activated alarm at C & H Liquor Store on Highway 91 South. Deputies arrived on scene and found that someone had forced their way through the front door, and bottles of liquor and tobacco products had been stolen.

On November 25, at 3:13 a.m., deputies responded to an activated alarm at the Dollar General Store located on Highway 253. The store had been broken into, and tobacco products, electronics and food were stolen.

While en route to the store, one of the deputies noticed a gray 2007 Pontiac G6 vehicle crossing Highway 39 and 253, driving away from the area of the Dollar General. The deputy initiated a traffic stop.

Before the vehicle stopped, the passenger, later identified as Sydney Jamal Torres, exited the vehicle and ran into a wooded area. The vehicle then stopped, and the driver, Darryle Lang, was taken into custody. The Sheriff’s Office K-9 tracking team and a Georgia State Patrol aviation unit were deployed to assist in the search for Torres.

At 6:37 a.m., a black Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from a residence on Paradise Drive and a lookout notice was given to surrounding counties. At 8:07 a.m., an officer with Early County located the abandoned Jeep Cherokee in Jakin. Seminole County personnel responded to Jakin, and after checking a nearby residence, Torres was taken into custody at 9:34 a.m.

Authorities say these cases are still under investigation.

Torres is being held without bond in the Seminole County Jail. He is charged with three counts of burglary, felony theft by taking, and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

Lang is being held without bond in the Seminole County Jail. He is charged with three counts of burglary.

Deputies say both have outstanding warrants from Decatur County, and Torres also has a hold for Early County.