On four separate occasions in the past two weeks, the Bar–Bar in City Market was burglarized. Each time the burglar would take bottles of Gold Patron Tequila and leave no signs of forced entry.
Officer Michael Zaragoza recognized how the burglar was getting in, and advised the store owner how to fix the problem. He also told him that the burglar might become frustrated and attempt to break in the door.
With that in mind the officer made sure to pay special attention to the area that night. Thanks to video surveillance provided by the manager of Wild Wings the officer had a good idea who he was looking for.
Just after 7 a.m., Nov. 4, the officer was going to check the area when he observed a pair of tennis shoes outside the business. He walked downstairs to the Bar–Bar and caught the burglar, Robert Lee Smith, 40, red-handed.
• A Savannah man was arrested after stealing from a police car. A detective returned to his police car parked in a Wal–Mart parking lot to find his trunk open and shotgun missing. The Sheriff’s office came out to assist and the shotgun was found in a nearby ditch.
Video surveillance revealed a parking lot cleaning crew working through the night. The video also revealed one of the men, who was later identified as Marquis Dixon Branch, entering the vehicle and removing the weapon.
Branch was located later that morning and arrested. Branch was transported to jail and in addition to his outstanding warrants, he was charged with entering auto, theft by taking, interference with government property and false statements.
• Police are investigating the death of a 21–year–old SCAD student who collapsed in a downtown bar.
Samantha Puhr of an East Harris Street address walked into the Rogue Water Tap House on MLK Boulevard just before midnight, ordered a drink, drank some of it and fell to the floor.
An off–duty Southside firefighter began CPR until emergency technicians could arrive minutes later, but she could not be revived.
• Police are investigating the shooting of a 34–year–old local musician found mortally wounded in a neighborhood subdivision this morning.
Jonathan Brazell of a Glynwood Drive address was found at the intersection of Seminole and Atwood streets off Montgomery Cross Road before 7 a.m. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he died.
• Several weapons were taken in a burglary in West Chatham. A Crime Suppression Unit in a wooded area near the burglarized home began to see discarded items from the burglary.
They observed subjects walking in the woods. The subjects took off running. One juvenile was taken into custody after a foot pursuit. The foot chase led officers to the Regency Trailer Park on Quacco Road. SWAT, K–9 and hostage negotiators responded and a perimeter was established.
One juvenile approached officers from outside the house and turned himself in. A third subject, Brandon Hunt, 25, was believed to be in a house and refused to come out. Finally he came out and was taken into custody.