Two teens were practicing dance steps with a group beside a theater on Shawnee Avenue just before 6 p.m. when three males walked up, pointed a gun at the teens and demanded their valuables. The teens dropped their cell phones and an Ipod, which the suspects picked up before running down Mohawk Street.
Police saturated the area after getting detailed descriptions of the suspects and found them several blocks away. Joseph McKenzie Jr., 20, of the 300 block of Lynwood Drive, was charged with armed robbery. James Anthony Jordan Adams, 18, of the 5800 block of Ogeechee Road and a 15–year–old juvenile were charged with being a party to an armed robbery.
• A 23–year–old Savannah man is back in custody hours after his release from prison after barricading himself in a stranger’s house as Savannah–Chatham Metropolitan Police saturated the area around it.
Arkeem Arklamean Floyd of the 1600 block of Eleanor Street was arrested after a SWAT team fired pepper spray through a window to coax him from the residence on Audubon Drive in Cloverdale about 3 in the afternoon. Family members had tried to encourage him to surrender.
SCMPD Neighborhood Task Force officers had been focusing on the neighborhood after burglary reports and one resident had called to complain that he was on their porch.
Just before 1 p.m. they saw him walking between houses and were attempting to question him when he ran into a residence occupied by an elderly woman, a pregnant woman and a young male. As the suspect ran to a back bedroom, the occupants of the house left and avoided danger.
Police identified the suspect after a family member called 911 to report him missing. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for examination after being subjected to the irritant.
• An employee at the Burger King on MLK Boulevard was apparently caught on video holding what appeared to be a lighter in his hands while working at the drive thru.
Upon closer inspection it was learned he allegedly would swipe the customer’s credit card in the stores terminal first, then the device in his hand.
Police say that the device he was using was a skimmer and it was collecting customers credit card information. If anyone has visited the Burger King on MLK Boulevard between April and August 13, they should monitor their account closely.
• A 24–year–old Savannah woman has been charged with three felonies after taking $5,500 from the bank where she worked.
Rebecca Lee Strickland of Fleming Loop Road was charged with theft by taking, forgery in the first degree and computer theft.
Between May 6 and June 22 she was a teller manager at The Heritage Bank at 6000 Ogeechee Road and allegedly removed the cash from her cash drawer. She allegedly left tickets indicating the cash had been placed in the vault.
A routine audit of Strickland’s cash drawer was conducted and the shortages were discovered. cs