SAVANNAH, GA (January 19, 2011): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the roles any of 10 people found in a rooming house may have had in at least nine armed robberies after they followed a stolen car Tuesday.
The eight males and two females, ranging in age from 16 to 23, were detained in the house in the 500 block of West 38th Street and questioned after five robberies were reported in a 12-hour period. Investigators have since identified other robberies that may be connected to the group and are trying to determine which of the group members are responsible for each.
Police are in the process of contacting victims and witnesses from additional crimes in hopes of identifying suspects in those cases. The investigation indicates seven cases between Sunday and Tuesday were committed by some of the suspects and at least one other case is being considered. Other cases may be involved.
So far, Darrell Golden, 17 and a 16-year-old have been charged with two counts of armed robbery and forgery; Tommy Walker, 20, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; a 16-year-old has been charged with a probation violation; and Patrick Davis, 23, has been charged with receiving stolen property.
A police canine led officers to an apartment in the rooming house after the SCMPD Neighborhood Task Force followed a stolen blue Toyota Camry reportedly used by the suspects in most of the robberies into the area Tuesday. NTF officers were unable to track the Camry though traffic but a neighbor alerted a passing detective to the car’s speedy entrance into a lane between 37th and 38th streets and into the back yard of the rooming house.
In the car and/or the rooming house police found a cell phone and an identification card belonging to one of the victims of a robbery, an assault rifle, a revolver described by some of the robbery victims, clothing described by robbery victims, various items belonging to other people, and keys to the Camry and a Toyota Highlander also found in the yard. The Highlander had been stolen as well.
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