During the early morning hours of August 21st Bulloch County Deputies, while on routine patrol, encountered a suspicious vehicle at Cottons Tire in the City of Statesboro.

Cottons Tire

Sergeant Jason Borne and Deputy Jeremy Hall were aware of a series of catalytic converter thefts in Bulloch County.

Upon observing the vehicle in the Cottons Tire parking lot with it’s lights off, Borne and Hall conducted an investigative stop of the vehicle.

They felt there was possible criminal activity in progress due to the location, time and actions of the occupants of the vehicle.

K-9 Corporal Dustin Lanier and his canine partner, Pike, arrived on the scene to assist.

Pike alerted the Deputies to the possible presence of narcotics in the vehicle. During their investigation Deputies recovered multiple tools that were commonly used to cut catalytic converters and commit burglaries.

They also seized an illegally possessed firearm as well as located a catalytic converter that appeared to have been removed from a vehicle.


Deputies arrested Nicholas Blake Gover, 36 of Bambert, SC and Robert Allen Glover, 48 of Gilbert, SC at Cottons Tire. There is no known connection of the men arrested and Cottons Tire.

Both men’s last known place of employment was a body shop in South Carolina. Charges for the men are listed below.

  • POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON OR FIRST OFFENDER
  • GIVING FALSE NAME, ADDRESS, OR BIRTHDATE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
  • FALSE STATEMENTS OR WRITINGS; CONCEAL FACTS OR FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS IN MATTERS OF GOVERNMENT
  • CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A FELONY(CRIMINAL DAMAGE 2ND DEGREE)
  • POSSESSION OF TOOLS FOR COMMISSION OF A CRIME
  • CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY

  • POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON OR FIRST OFFENDER
  • CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A FELONY(CRIMINAL DAMAGE 2ND DEGREE)
  • POSSESSION OF TOOLS FOR COMMISSION OF A CRIME
  • CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A FELONY( THEFT BY TAKING)

Sheriff Brown commends deputies

Sheriff Brown commended Sgt. Borne and Deputy Hall on their attention to detail and willingness to take additional investigative steps, which most likely prevented additional thefts of catalytic converters.

Sheriff Brown commented that the damage done to vehicles in these cases is often times much more costly than the catalytic converter itself.

This investigation is active at this time and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Investigator Jonathan Fadden at 912-764-1747.

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