TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - A man police say stole almost a quarter of a million dollars worth of items is behind bars. Officers are working to return the items to their rightful owners.
Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough was surprised to hear only one person was behind multiple burglaries around south Georgia. Now that the suspect is in jail investigators have a new challenge getting these items back in the right hands.
Law enforcement agencies from multiple counties in South Georgia searched 47-year old Darin Pearce's home in Meigs. "This equipment alone solves about, out of the approximately ten cases, solves about five of our cases," said Sheriff Gene Scarbrough.
Investigators believe these items were stolen in nearly TEN different cases in other areas including Moultrie, Thomasville, Thomas County, and Meigs.
"Those burglaries are approximately $295,000 worth of property stolen. And at this time I think we've been able to identify and recover right around $228,000," Scarbrough said.
Scarbrough says the burglaries occurred from October up until Monday. Moultrie Police investigators also plan to charge Pearce after they say surveillance video shows him stealing from the Lasseter Tractor Company in December. "Let it be a warning that if you do live this kind of lifestyle, we'll be after you. Hard."
Pearce is now charged with theft by taking burglary in the second degree, and criminal attempt to commit burglary in the second degree. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.
If you have any information, call the Tift County Sheriff's office at 229-388-6021.