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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

Bainbridge, GA (WALB) - Investigators believe four arrests made in Decatur County will help solve dozens of residential burglaries across several South Georgia counties.

The burglaries all take place in the daytime - have similar points of entry - and have similar items stolen like flat screen TV's, jewelry, and the most common - guns, and that's what worries investigators.

Decatur County Investigators say Wednesday night 17-year-old Christopher Glisson and 18-year-old Alvin Boger with the help of 2 teens - ages 14 and 15, stole 7 firearms - a sword - and other electronics from a Home off Flint River Heights Road.

"One of the neighbors gave us a pretty good tip of a vehicle they saw outside the house," said Capt. Chip Nix, Decatur Co. Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrested the four boys late Thursday night.

And investigators believe the group may be linked to dozens of other burglaries in south Georgia - and possibly Florida.

"For the past few months we've been investigating 10 burglaries in Decatur county along with other jurisdictions in close counties who have similar burglaries," said Capt. Nix.

And they're hoping this arrest will help them solve their unsolved cases  or lead to more arrests, especially if others involved are juveniles.

Investigators say guns in the hands of kids are dangerous on many levels.  "Playing is always the big worry. They may not know it's loaded. And eventually they're going to want to sell it to someone else. And no one honest is going to buy that type of weapon from a juvenile," said Major Wendell Cofer, Decatur Co. Sheriff's Office.

And law enforcement officers need your help to stop this rash of gun thefts. "If your at home day or night and see anything suspicious don't ever hesitate to call 911," said Capt. Nix.  

And pay attention to your surroundings. That's what led deputies to this arrest, and could lead to several more, getting criminals off the street, and guns back in their cases.

Investigators say the connected residential burglaries began late October in Mitchell County.

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