December 11--A Vidalia man is in jail in connection with Montgomery County break-ins. According to a news release from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
"Several Montgomery County businesses was burglarized earlier in the year where business documents, checks, computers and tools were taken. American Income Tax Service, Vidalia Collision and Restoration Center, Chris Chem Company and Sweet Onion Truck Service Center were burglarized. As the Sheriff’s Office investigated the stolen checks, authorities discovered that many of the stolen checks had been cashed in New York and New Jersey.
"Chief Ronnie Bivins states, “In November, more stolen checks were received and these checks were also cashed in New York, New Jersey, and other upstate areas. On December 2nd, we received information from a concerned citizen that a person of interest was living at Wildwood Mobile Home Park. The concerned citizen provided enough information that we were able to obtain further information from the Southern District Fugitive Task Force which proved Antonio Saunders was in New York during the times the multiple checks were passed. Once the Marshal’s Service provided positive identification, Chief Deputy Ronnie Bivins, Lieutenant Ben Maybin, and Investigator Justin Fountain went to Wildwood Mobile Home Park / Unit D-3 and met with Antonio Saunders of Vidalia.
"We spoke with Mr. Saunders and he denied any wrongdoing. After speaking with the family and consent to search given, Investigator Fountain located articles stolen from the Sweet Onion Truck Center and Vidalia Collision & Restoration Center. Antonio Saunders was arrested and charged with six counts of Burglary in the First Degree and fourteen counts of Forgery in the First Degree.”
"With the assistance of the business owners, a concerned citizen and the Southern District Fugitive Squad, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was able to make an arrest and recover stolen items while stopping a check scam operating in New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Georgia. Upon conclusion of the arrest, we determined that Antonio Saunders was also responsible for an unsolved burglary that occurred in Mt. Vernon. Most of the businesses he is accused of entering were within walking distance of his residence. Antonio Saunders remains in jail with a $60,000 bond."