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Helicopter called to hunt prowlers

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Lee County, GA (WALB) –  Tired of recent home and car break ins, a South Georgia Sheriff employed a big manhunt to find suspicious men.

The Lee County Sheriff called in a helicopter and bloodhound to track down what turned out to be teenagers who ran from a deputy.

About 11 o'clock, someone reported two suspicious men in the Winnstead Drive area. As a deputy approached them, they ran into the woods at Willow Lake Drive.

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals went up in the Georgia State Patrol helicopter while a K-9 unit from the Mitchell County Correctional Institute searched on the ground.

Deputies went door to door and checked empty buildings as neighbors watched.

There have been several home and car break-ins in the area recently, and Sheriff Rachals says he's serious about stopping them. 

"That's exactly what we want to do, is stop the activities the best we can. Hoping to be able to catch these two, or maybe a break to find out what they were up to. If in fact they were, we really don't know if they were up to breaking in or what, casing the place out," said Rachals.

A 15-year old Lee County teenage boy was caught by Deputies about three this afternoon, less than one quarter mile from where they ran.

He's not charged with a crime. Investigators say 17-year old brother was with him,  but he has not been located.

The Sheriff wants neighbors to keep an eye out and report any more suspicious activity.

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