Valdosta Daily Times

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December 4, 2012

Burglary suspects caught

Investigators: Pair linked to 13 incidents in two counties

BROOKS COUNTY — Brooks and Lowndes County investigators have connected a man and a woman to 13 residential burglaries in Lowndes County and the pair have reportedly confessed to other home invasions in Echols, Cook and Lanier counties.

Stephen Michael Lenz, 24, of Burnsville, N.C. and Melody Marie Pollard, 33, of Quitman, were arrested last Thursday, the result of a joint operation between the Lowndes and Brooks County sheriffs’ offices.

Lenz was arrested after abandoning a vehicle and attempting to escape Lowndes County deputies on foot, according to reports. A small quantity of cocaine was discovered on Lenz’s person when officers caught up with him.

Subsequent meetings with Lenz and Pollard revealed two locations where stolen property had been sold, reports stated. A search of the two transaction areas led to the recovery of property lost in home invasions in both Lowndes and Brooks Counties.

Both Stephen Lenz and Melody Pollard have been detained at the Brooks County Jail on charges in that county, reports stated. Arrest warrants for burglary in the first degree have been issued and the pair will be brought to Lowndes County in the near future, reports stated.

Additional arrests are possible as this investigation moves forward, according to Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine who has asked that anyone with information related to these crimes contact the Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950.

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