On Thursday August 4, 2022 Statesboro Police Department (SPD) received information from a citizen in Claxton, Ga regarding a wanted person, Ryan Patrick Leonard (36, Highway 280, Claxton).

Leonard had a variety of felony warrants stemming from incidents in Statesboro over the past two months and was also wanted by agencies in Effingham and Liberty Counties.

Officers and deputies with the Claxton Police Department and Evans County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate and arrest Leonard after a foot pursuit. He was then transported back to Statesboro for interviews and booking into the Bulloch County Jail.

Leonard has been linked by detectives to the following offenses in Statesboro:

  1. 6/16/22-6/18/22: Leonard shoplifted items from Wal-Mart on two occasions and
    then fled from the Patrol officers who confronted him, driving recklessly through
    the crowded parking lot and later abandoning his vehicle. He is charged in this
    case with 1 count Theft by Shoplifting-Felony, 1 count Fleeing and Attempting to
    Elude-Felony, 1 count Obstruction (misdemeanor), and 1 count Criminal
    Trespass (misdemeanor). APO Brooks issued the listed warrants.
  2. 7/23/22: Leonard stole a riding lawn mower at night from McKeithen’s Hardware
    on Independence Way. He is charged with 1 count Theft by Taking-Felony in
    this case. Senior Detective Jodie Tanner investigated the case and issued the
    warrant.
  3. 7/26/22: Leonard returned to McKeithen’s Hardware at night with the intent to
    steal other items but was spotted on surveillance cameras by the owner. Officers
    responded and Leonard fled on foot. His vehicle and a trailer stolen from Rincon
    was recovered at the scene. He is charged with 1 count Criminal Attempt to
    Commit a Felony Theft, 1 count Theft by Receiving Stolen Property-Felony, 1
    count Loitering and Prowling (misdemeanor), 1 count Criminal Trespass
    (misdemeanor), and 1 count Obstruction (misdemeanor). Senior Detective Jodie
    Tanner investigated this case and issued the warrants.
  4. 7/27/22: Leonard entered the premises of Statesboro Golf Carts on Bernard
    Lane at night and removed two golf carts and several batteries. One golf cart
    was later recovered by officers hidden in an adjacent wooded area. He is
    charged with 1 count of Theft by Taking-Felony in this case. Detective Katie
    Reese
    investigated this case and issued the warrants.
    Leonard remains at the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial action. Information on any of the above listed cases should be referred to the named officers or sent via tips@statesboroga.gov.

Grice Connect shared the look-out from SPD for Leonard and details about is foiled burglary attempt at McKeithen’s True Value Hardware. The story included security images from the burglary attempt. Leonard was able to escape from police, but left behind his truck, trailer, wallet and cell phone.