On Monday, June 13, 22 at 11:26 p.m. Statesboro Police Department (SPD) Patrol officers responded to a motel in the 300 block of South Main Street in Statesboro for a person-to-person armed robbery which had just occurred.  Officers spoke with the female complainant who advised that a male subject known to her had robbed her of cash using a handgun. 

The motel in question is a Fusus partner with SPD and officers were able to immediately access the motel’s video footage and determine that the offender had fled into a room at the hotel.  Responding detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for that room based on the footage.  A search of the room led to the discovery of the cash, a handgun, cocaine, and marijuana.  The following individuals were arrested and charged as a result of the incident:

  1. Tariq Griffin (24, Park Place Apts, Statesboro):  1 count Armed Robbery, 1 count Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, 1 count Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 1 count Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 1 count Possession of Cocaine, 1 count Tampering with Evidence-Felony
  2. Veunte Gross (34, Millen, Ga):  1 count Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 1 count Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 1 count Possession of Cocaine, 1 count Tampering with Evidence-Felony
  3. Latonia Lovett (33, Millen, Ga):  1 count Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, 1 count Possession of Cocaine, 1 count Tampering with Evidence-Felony

The quick availability of video footage was critical to solving this case.  Fusus provides officers with that availability.  This case is merely the latest success story for the system.  Anyone who would like to discuss networking their business into Fusus should contact Cpt. Jared Akins at 912-764-9911 or by email at jared.akins@statesboroga.gov.

Anyone with information on this armed robbery case should contact Senior Detective Dustin Cross at the same phone number.