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T'ville burglary suspect turns himself in

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - One of the Thomasville Police Department's most wanted suspects is in jail tonight. Police say Marco Johnson broke into at least four homes over the last two months and stole jewelry, cash, and other valuables.

Over the last few weeks, Thomasville Police ramped up their daytime patrols to try to catch the burglar in the act. Along with cars, bicycles, and foot patrols, they added a golf cart patrol fleet.

After much investigating and every resource exhausted, TPD secured a warrant for 23-year-old Marco Johnson. But before they could execute it, Johnson turned himself in. "Police say when Marco Johnson walked through that door at the Jail and Justice center they weren't that surprised, but they were definitely relieved," said TPD Public Information Officer Lt. Eric Hampton.

Police say without the public's help, Johnson could still be on the streets. "With their help we were able to get information on this gentlemen. As far as what they have seen of him, who has seen him, and who knew him in the community," said Hampton.

We spoke with some folks in the community today who were familiar with the case. They said upon hearing of Johnson's arrest, they too let out sighs of relief. "It makes us feel good to know that we got someone who's been doing this many crimes in our community to get them arrested and get them off the street," said Hampton.

Some of the areas where these burglaries took place include Westover Avenue, Horrix Street, and Neel Street. Police say although this case is basically closed, they will keep up their patrols. "We try to make sure that we are visible in our neighborhoods so that our citizens can see us. They can have contact with our officers," said Hampton.

Police are encouraging citizens to look out for your neighbors. Whether it be a suspicious vehicle or a person, it's important to report unusual activity.

A judge denied bond for Johnson. He remains in the Thomas County Jail.

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