The Jail-Justice Center conference room resembled a storage facility Tuesday afternoon as items stolen in January daytime, weekday, residential burglaries were assembled for return to rightful owners.
Stolen items include fishing gear, tool boxes, hand tools, power tools, an industrial-type vacuum cleaner, jewelry, eight firearms, televisions and even a guitar.
Burglaries in which the items were stolen took place throughout Thomas County — McKinnon Road, Jefferson Street in Boston, Ga. 122 — in January. A couple of the burglaries were in the edge of Brooks County, adjacent to the Thomas County line.
Bradley Dallice Hand, 27, who is being held in the Colquitt County Jail and will be charged with the burglaries, had a connection with all burglary victims, said Louis Schofill, sheriff’s office investigator.
Schofill said Hand’s relationship with victims was through family and friendship and as a coworker and neighbor. The suspect was familiar with victims’ residences, the investigator explained.
Residences were entered through unlocked doors or windows.
Hand, 160 Highland St., was arrested Friday in Moultrie when a Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped the suspect for a seat belt violation and expired tag.
The officer learned an alert had been issued for Hand, because it was thought he was en route to pawn stolen jewelry.
Schofill interviewed Hand in Moultrie. The suspect told the investigator some of the stolen items were at pawn shops, as well as locations of others.
“When he was pulled over in Moultrie, he had a ton of stolen stuff in the vehicle,” Schofill said.
More stolen jewelry will be recovered from a gold dealer.
Hand was convicted of burglaries in Thomas County several years ago.
Once transported to Thomas County to face charges, Hand will be charged with six counts of burglary, multiple counts of theft by deception in connection with selling stolen items to pawn shops and eight counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.