The Thomson Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with a series of home burglaries that occurred in the same area in Thomson.
Jeremy Haynes, 22, of the 1100 block of Davis Circle, Dejarvias Quardrez Ramsey, 19, of the 300 block of Edgar Circle, and George Lee Brown, 59, of the 1100 block of Harrison Drive, were apprehended Nov. 9.
The suspects are being held at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. TPD Sgt.Marquis Murray said the investigation is ongoing.
A burglary at a home on Fluker Street was reported on Nov. 7. According to a police report, the side door had been pried open and two diamond rings and a gold necklace had been stolen.
Shortly after 9 a.m. Nov. 9, the TPD received a call about a possible burglary in progress at the 500 block of Fluker Street, in the same area as the previous burglaries.
Murray responded to the call and, upon arriving at the scene, he spotted Haynes and Ramsey in the driveway of the residence.
The two suspects ran away, chased by a number of TPD officers. They caught Haynes shortly thereafter.
Ramsey was found hiding in a vehicle parked behind a residence on Guill Street, which connects with Fluker Street.
The owner of the vehicle told officers Ramsey had offered to pay him not to call the police and to take him out of town, according to an incident report. The complainant managed to call 911 without Ramsey's knowledge.
Both suspects had marijuana and a scale in their pockets when they were apprehended, Murray said.
Officers also found jewelry in the bed of the truck where Ramsey was hiding.
Murray, who has been investigating the home burglaries from the first incident, said he was able to link the suspects to four burglaries in the area.
"They had mostly been stealing jewelry," he said. "We were able to link them to the burglaries because they were selling it as scrap gold."
Ramsey is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, four counts of burglary, one count of entering an auto and one count of obstruction of an officer.
Haynes is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, four counts of burglary and one count of obstruction of an auto.
Brown, Ramsey's grandfather, is charged with parties to a crime, and a number of traffic offenses.
"We'd like to thank the citizens who have helped us with this case," Thomson Police Chief Joe Nelson said.