VALDOSTA -- A Lowndes County Sheriff's Office deputy nabbed a suspect in a burglary case Monday morning after observing a suspicious vehicle leaving a business.

Deputy Danny Croft was checking his beat along Highway 84 west at about 5 a.m., when he saw a vehicle pull out of Triple H Mobile Home Service, 2898 Highway 84 West, said Sheriff Ashley Paulk.

Croft followed the vehicle into the Loch Winn subdivision, but lost sight of the truck and called for backup. Shortly after he and Sgt. Jimmy Blanton searched the area, they discovered the truck filled with items from the business, Paulk said.

Roy Anthony Pilkington, 28, is charged with felony counts of theft by taking and burglary, Paulk said. Pilkington was a former employee of Triple H, but has not worked there in quite a while, the sheriff said.

Paulk said deputies working patrol are often unsung heroes, but the efforts of Croft and Blanton prove they are the backbone of daily law enforcement.

"It would be easy for a patrol officer to fall into a routine, but Danny and Jimmy have shown how diligence pays off," Paulk said.



To contact Tanya B. O'Berry, call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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