2016-04-20 / For The Record

Potential Serial Burglar Sought in Alexander

By A. LeeAnn Chalker


A Georgia State Patrol helicopter assisted the Burke County Sheriff’s Office in a manhunt in the Alexander community last Thursday. A Georgia State Patrol helicopter assisted the Burke County Sheriff’s Office in a manhunt in the Alexander community last Thursday. Two burglaries which authorities believe is the work of a single suspect resulted in an extensive manhunt Thursday afternoon in Alexander.

Cpl. Adams of the Burke County Sheriff ’s Office responded to a house alarm at a residence on Rosedale Road around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Upon arriving he spotted a black male running to a white van on the property. An attempt was made to stop the vehicle but it was unsuccessful.

The van exited onto Rosedale Rd. at high speed and after several hundred feet hit a concrete marker. The driver lost control, causing the van to crash into a power pole, after which he fled the area on foot.

Officers at the scene said that the pole was so badly damaged that it fell across the road. Within a few hours Georgia Power installed a replacement.

Additional units were called to secure a perimeter after the suspect fled, presumably, into woods in the surrounding area. Richmond County K-9 units were called in and around 5:15 p.m. a GSP helicopter began a sweep of the area, but neither it nor the K-9 unit found the suspect.

Authorities did recover the vehicle and identify the license plates.

The homeowner recognized the suspect, who is also believed to be connected to a forced entry burglary that occurred two days before at another residence on Rosedale Rd.

The first incident happened in the early morning of Monday, April 11. That homeowner returned to find a broken window and evidence of a burglar’s search throughout every room of his home. Over $5000 worth of property was stolen including 20 watches. It was noted in the report that the homeowner noticed a suspicious white van in the neighborhood.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with either burglary, but Sheriff Greg Coursey said Tuesday the department has some strong leads in the case.

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