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Resident's watchful eye leads to arrests

A Screven County resident who could tell a car in his neighborhood was “lost or up to no good” got a license tag number that helped deputies arrest two people for three residential burglaries.

The arrests of a boyfriend and girlfriend on May 30 are the latest development in a string of residential burglaries that has kept the sheriff’s department busy lately.

“There has been a slight increase in burglaries,” said Cpl. Brett Dickerson of the Screven County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s nothing like in some neighboring counties.”

Anthony Wayne Ferguson, 37, and Misty Lynn Maye, 31, both of Plantation Road, were charged with three counts of burglary, Dickerson said. Ferguson also was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, he said.

The pair is accused of entering houses on Pine Grove Inn and Harmony Roads on April 22, April 23 and approximately April 29 and stealing a 12-gauge shotgun, electronics, jewelry and household items such as rugs, towels and knick knacks. They entered through unsecured windows – in one case pushing in a window air conditioner.

Dickerson said the tag number reported by the alert neighbor led police to track down the pair, question them and search their house, where they found stolen goods.

Dickerson urged people to write down the serial numbers, model numbers and makes of items they value and keep the list in a safe place. That would help investigators catch thieves and return stolen goods, he said.

And pay attention to what’s happening in your neighborhood. “Look out for your neighbor,” Dickerson said.

In other burglaries reported to the sheriff’s department in the last week:

April 23 – The front door of a house on Rocky Ford Road was broken down and the house was ransacked. More than $8,000 worth of items was stolen, including jewelry, a computer, golf clubs, a rifle, a flat-screen TV, prescription medicine and cash.

April 27 – Someone pushed through a locked back door of a house on Brady Branch Road, stealing a shotgun, a rifle and a TV converter box.

April 29 – A resident of Boscom Road said someone entered the unsecured work garage next to his house. Nothing appeared to be missing.

April 29 through May 2 – A Screven County resident said $1,500 worth of stereo and video equipment was stolen from a car she was trying to sell through Screven Auto Sales.