Two men are in jail following a reported burglary and brief foot pursuit Tuesday thanks to the fast actions of alert neighbors and deputies.
Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Deere Drive and Old Covington Road on August 6 to a burglary in progress after neighbors reported hearing the sound of a door being kicked in.
RCSO Investigator Matt Cobb had worked other burglaries in the area and provided a description of a vehicle linked to those burglaries. Lt. Tom Brewer saw the vehicle in the area and initiated a traffic stop a short time later on Salem Road.
The driver was taken into custody, but the passenger fled on foot. He was apprehended a few minutes later in the nearby woods by Lt. Matt Wolfe and Cpl. Jeremy Mote.
A television and laptop computer reported taken during the burglary were recovered from the vehicle, as well as several telephones, jewelry, and clothing items.
The driver, Davieon Jorell Flanigan, 18, of Deere Drive, faces charges of burglary and making false statements, and is being held on $18,000 bond.
The passenger, Eric Damond Perry, 18, also of Deere Drive, faces charges of burglary and willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He is also being held on $18,000 bond.
"I want to thank and recognize the residents who called this in to the RCSO. Without their 9-1-1 call, this apprehension would not have been possible. This goes to show that we need the help of everyone to make the county safer," said Sheriff Eric Levett. "I want to take the time to commend the deputies who apprehended these suspects. Their diligence and quick response have gotten two more criminals off county streets. The RCSO has had a lot of high profile apprehensions lately, and the citizens of this county should be extremely proud of the ongoing efforts of the men and women who are out here on the streets."