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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) –Investigators in Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County think they have a pretty big lead in a recent rash of burglaries.

Police have the names of three men they believe are responsible for many of the break-ins and now they need your help to catch them.

Ben Hill County investigators arrested and charged a man with three counts of burglary in the county.

For about a month, the city and the county have been experiencing a rash of residential burglaries, but thanks to the help of alert citizens they think they may be very close in making some arrests.

Police say Bobby Grace Jr, Tejeffry Butts and Darious Miller are responsible for at least seven burglaries in the city. "They are the ones that have been ID'd as breaking into these houses and we need the citizens help in finding them," said Capt. Bill Barrs of the Fitzgerald Police Department.

One of the homes they hit was Sam Ash's home. "Last Tuesday they came and dropped the car off to get repaired, but I didn't know a thing about them at the time," said Ash.

But while he was fixing their car the men burglarized his home. "The neighbors called us and said someone was in our yard and that's when we came home and found the back door kicked in,"said Ash.

The men kicked in the door took a lap top and camera from his home and even hit the house next door. "When they came to the shop they were being very respectful, but lm sure they knew what they were doing and lm sure I wasn't the first victim,"said Ash.

Investigators recovered quite a bit of stolen property from a home in Rochelle, where one of the suspects had been living. "I know one piece of the property has been identified by Ben Hill Sheriff's Office as possibly being stolen from one of their burglaries," said Barrs.

Police say they have never seen citizens so involved in helping with burglary cases before. "With their help we have identified these people and are looking for them to incarcerate them," said Barrs.

Investigators in the county are making progress too. Robbie Hutto Jr. was arrested and charged with three counts of burglary.

Police say these men are from Rochelle but are known to frequent Fitzgerald. Investigators believe the men could be in the Pineview area and urge anyone who knows these men or where they may be to call police right away.

You can call Fitzgerald Police at 229-426-5000

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