On Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 6:36 p.m. Statesboro Police Department (SPD) Patrol officers responded to Lowe’s on Northside Drive East in Statesboro for a shoplifting which had just occurred from that location.

Officers and Impact Team members detained Thomas Lee Kennedy (37, Georgetown, SC) immediately, however a second male fled the scene on foot.

Officers set up a perimeter in the area and APO Webb responded with his K-9 partner Smokey to track the suspect.

The track was successful, with Randall Wade Roberts (53, Ellabell, GA) being taken into custody by Patrol and Impact K-9 officers. Subsequent searches by officers led to the recovery of nearly $800 worth of Lowe’s merchandise from the suspects’ vehicle as well as cocaine from Kennedy’s person.

Kennedy was also found to be wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for violating the terms of his supervised release from the Bureau of Prisons.

Charges are as follows:

Randall Wade Roberts - shoplifting

Randall Wade Roberts

Theft by Shoplifting (Felony) and Obstruction (Misdemeanor)

Thomas Lee Kennedy

Thomas Lee Kennedy

Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute, Giving False
Identity Information to Law Enforcement, Possession of a Drug Related Object, and the felony warrant through the U.S. Marshals Service

Both Kennedy and Roberts have extensive criminal histories and prison records. Quick work by officers of various units and a tip from a sharp eyed citizen resulted in the arrest of these two career criminals.