WC Sheriff’s Deputies Nab Burglary Suspect
Wheeler County Sheriff’s deputies solved a rash of burglaries after stopping a Toombs County man riding a lawnmower and allegedly carrying property later identified as stolen. Chief Deputy Richie Floyd said Jimmie Adam Sanders, 39, of Vidalia, who was temporarily living in Glenwood, was encountered riding a lawn mower around 10:30 p.m. on Snow Hill Community Church Road in Wheeler Co u n t y on March 19. He had been reported as a suspicious person by a resident who provided a description of the suspect to officers.
Floyd said, in addition to transporting property reported as stolen on the lawnmower, Sanders, a convicted felon, was also carrying a firearm and had methamphetamines and marijuana in his possession. Further investigations connected Sanders to four separate burglaries on Stuckey Church Road between March 13 and 18. Among the items taken were a flat screen television, cross cut saw, a ring full of keys, and an air compressor. Some of these items reported as stolen were located at the suspect’s Glenwood address.
“This was a complicated case that occurred over time and we had to piece it together,” Floyd said of linking the burglaries to one suspect.
Sanders was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine; giving a false name, address or birthdate to officers; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; obstruction of an officer; possession of marijuana (less than one ounce); theft by taking; and burglary/breaking and entering. He is being held in the Wheeler County Jail and has already had his first court appearance.