SAVANNAH,GA ( May 11, 2012) A five-week investigation into a string of burglaries led to the Wednesday arrest of a 16-year-old boy, his mother and two men who had purchased stolen items from him.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have charged Meshawn Shuman Richardson with four counts of felony burglary, felony entering an automobile and misdemeanor battery. His name was released by the Chatham County Juvenile Court because of his extensive criminal history. Since September 2010 he has been charged with felony theft by taking of an automobile, three other felony burglaries and felony entering an automobile. In all those cases he was adjudicated delinquent.
Also, Martino Buxton, 33, of the 900 block of Sherman Avenue has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana. Police also found a contempt of court warrant against him.
Monique N. Richardson, 44, of the 900 block of Hancock Street, has been charged with possession of marijuana.
One of the burglaries also led to the arrest in April of Vincent Joseph Clark, 27, of the 900 block of Wilcox Street after a victim used an I-Pad to locate items stolen from his house. Police there found a cache of stolen items ranging from televisions to jewelry, guns and computers for which they still are trying to find owners. Clark was charged with two counts of theft by receiving.
Detectives from several precincts had been investigating Meshawn Richardson after burglaries and thefts mounted up over the past five weeks, particularly in the Central Precinct. The break in the case came Sunday when a citizen told police Richardson was attempting to sell a stolen pistol and a laptop computer.
Central Precinct detectives and Tactical Reaction and Prevention (TRAP) units moved in to apprehend him. He broke free and ran, injuring an officer, but was taken into custody after a foot chase several blocks away.
A search warrant was served on his residence where marijuana was found in the possession of Monique Richardson along with several electronic items believed stolen in the burglaries.
A second search warrant served on Buxton’s residence yielded cocaine, drug scales, marijuana, a stolen firearm, a stolen television and a stolen Nintendo Wii.
Central Precinct detectives are continuing to investigate in hopes of tying in other crimes and arrests.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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