SAVANNAH, GA (June 6, 2013): Islands Precinct officers have found a car they were seeking in the investigation of a string of burglaries but the driver was not the suspect they expected.
Tron Lamar Smith, 26, was arrested in a mobile home park on the 9400 block of Whitfield Avenue after he climbed from beneath a mobile home where he had been hiding from them for several hours.
About 5:30 P.M. Wednesday, a patrol sergeant recognized the white 2003 Buick Century Smith was driving as one being sought in a burglary operation and usually driven by Terah Kamel Jones, 25. Warrants have been taken charging Jones with two burglaries and parole violation.
The officer followed the Buick into the mobile home park where Smith exited and appeared to have run along a riverbank to escape. After two hours of searching, marked units, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police canine officers and the SCMPD helicopter left the scene, but Crime Suppression Officers remained. They discovered Smith emerging from under a residence and took him into custody. He has been charged with driving without a permit, obstruction and possession of marijuana.
Police continue to search for Jones who has been charged with the May 1 burglaries of residences in the 100 block of Neva Street and 7200 block of Albert Street. Connections also are being investigated to at least nine other burglaries in the SCMPD jurisdiction as well as burglaries and thefts in Richmond Hill and Pooler.
Jones was paroled in September 2012 after serving 15 months of a 60-month sentence for theft by receiving, theft by taking, receiving stolen goods and theft by receiving stolen property. He has been known to frequent the East Savannah area.
Anyone with information on Jones or his location is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.