SAVANNAH, GA (July 2, 2018) – Two suspects wanted for a series of thefts and burglaries along the East Coast have been arrested after attempting to commit additional crimes in Savannah. 

A Savannah Police officer was working extra duty at Oglethorpe Mall on June 28 when two men attempted to shoplift about $2,000 worth of clothing. They managed to leave the store before being apprehended. After reviewing surveillance footage of the incident, the officer quickly identified the duo as Ishmell Wright, 22, and Patrick Davis, 30. They are suspected of committing at least 11 “smash and grab” thefts at jewelry stores from Florida to North Carolina. Wright was also wanted by Orlando Police Department for “smash and grab” thefts at jewelry stores in its jurisdiction.

Wright was taken into custody early June 29 by Savannah Police and the Southeast Regional Task Force at a facility in the 100 block of E. Broad Street.

Later that evening an SPD officer observed Davis’ vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near Price and State streets. Davis was taken into custody on at least six warrants from multiple states.

As soon as our officers recognized these men, they sprang into action,” said Assistant Chief Robert Gavin. “We applaud their diligence that resulted in this crime spree coming to an end here in Savannah.”