The Statesboro Police Department has made two arrests in the investigation into multiple cases of damaged property in the area of Gentilly Road and North and South Edgewood. Crime Suppression Unit Officers Thomas McKeithen and Kyle Briley identified them as 18 year old Justin Nasworthy of Swainsboro and 19 year old Jeffrey Tanner, Granade Street in Statesboro. Both were charged with felony Criminal Damage to Property and Criminal Trespass. Nasworthy was also charged with Felony False Statements in Writing. Both are being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.
The Statesboro Police Department began investigating the property damage incidents last November 16/2013 when Advanced Patrol Officer Justin Gawthrop responded to a citizen complaint on South Edgewood Drive whose mailbox had been damaged. After walking the neighborhood he found other damaged property. Throughout the morning several other victims in the area contacted police after finding damage.
In a release Statesboro Department of Public Safety Wendell Turner they are accused of a total of 13 incidents. The most costly damage was the destruction of the ceramic eagle in front of Howard Lumber. Another victim, Leland Riggs, a World War II Veteran, had an American flag and flagpole that was pulled up from his front yard and damaged. Six mailboxes were damaged, as well and two vehicles and one road sign. Martin Chiropractor and Wall Orthodontics found damage to lighting fixtures. One city street sign was damaged.