Surveillance video may have solved Sasser car break-ins

Surveillance video may have solved Sasser car break-ins
Sheriff Bowens
Sheriff Bowens

TERRELL CO., GA (WALB) - Home surveillance video helped Terrell County deputies arrest a man accused of breaking into cars in Sasser.

Sheriff's investigators arrested 24-year-old Jon Rice, who also uses the last name Blair. They believe he's the crook caught on camera carrying a shotgun while he stole money out of the glove compartment of this car.

He's suspected of breaking into more than a dozen cars in the Main Street area of Sasser since September 15th. Most of the homes had surveillance video, which helped authorities identify Rice.

A week ago, a man was seen on camera, using a flashlight, at John Ellenburg's home in Sasser about 5:00 a.m. Monday. He had a shotgun under his arm. Just after leaving home Ellenburg noticed money was gone from his glove box, and then saw his surveillance system had e-mailed him about an intruder.

Rice has been charged with ten counts of entering auto. Some of the property was recovered.

Authorities are working on finding the rest. "We know of two cases where guns, firearms have been stolen. We have not located those firearms at this time. again, officers are still working on the cases," said Sandra Walker, the jail administrator for the Terrell County Sheriff's Office.

Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens said because of this video success, he plans to start using social media to publicize other surveillance video his office receives.

And Sheriff Bowens is recommending other homeowners consider installing home surveillance camera systems, to protect their property.

If you had property stolen in the Sasser area in the last month, you are asked to report it to the Terrell County Sheriff's Office at 229-995-4488.

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