From STAFF REPORTS
CORDELE — Police Sergeant Robert Green responded to a call to S & S Food Mart on 7th St. at 12:40 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9 where two men were thought to be breaking into the store.
The unknown caller reportedly stated that one suspect was wearing a black jacket and the other was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. When Officer Green arrived at the business, he said he noticed that the front door was damaged, so he immediately went behind the store to try to locate the alleged offenders.
In a nearby alley, he observed a young man riding a bicycle matching the description of the suspect wearing the hooded sweatshirt. The officer also said he saw a large bag under the young man’s shirt on his back.
Green stopped the suspect who identified himself as Nortavious Grover. When the officer asked him what he was hiding, he reportedly stated that cigarettes were in the bag, and Grover showed the officer 23 packs of Newport cigarettes in a blue tote bag.
Grover was transported to the police station where the officer reviewed a video from the store. It showed Grover and another individual identified as Rasheed Dennard inside the business that had been burglarized.
The video also reportedly showed Grover breaking the window and climbing through it and then tossing the cigarette boxes out to Dennard.
Grover admitted that he was involved in the burglary after being read his Miranda rights, but Dennard was not located at that time. Grover was charged with one count of burglary.
In another investigation, Officer Carrie Lull responded to a call concerning an another possible burglary on Blackshear Road.
Marqus Bass advised the officer that this was the second time that someone had broken into his residence in less than a month. Bass reportedly stated that the first break-in occurred on Dec. 30 and this most recent one was Thursday, Jan. 8.
Bass showed the officer that the kitchen door was damaged, and the officer also said she observed a footprint near the handle of the door. Several additional footprints were found in the dirt near the stoop.
Bass reportedl that $2,000 worth of clothes, hats and shoes were stolen. In addition, a 19 inch Symphonic TV, a Playstation II with 4 games and $450 cash were taken from the residence, he said.
The stolen items belonged to Bass and to Devasco McCloud, he told the officer. The case was then turned over to detectives.