The suspect in a Thursday break-in, identified by his shoe print, later confessed to police to more than 10 recent burglaries in the area, according to Griffin Police. The suspect, Jeremy Nathan Brantley, a 30-year-old homeless white male, has been charged with burglary.
He was arrested Thursday, following an attempted break-in at 430 East Taylor St. Police were dispatched to an alarm at the location and found the back door kicked open.
Further investigation by Cpl. Matt McFarlan revealed a detectable foot print on the door, police said. Patrol officers searched the area and about five minutes later Cpl. Chris Webb located a suspect in the area of 4th and Poplar streets and officers determined that the shoes worn by the suspect closely matched the foot prints found at the scene on the door and the wet dirt next to the door.
Brantley was arrested on charges of burglary and his shoes were taken and placed into evidence. Griffin Police Investigator Kelly McKinney interviewed Brantley and he reportedly confessed to several other recent Griffin burglaries, police said.
The other burglaries included Mt. Zion Church, Reeves Cleaners, David’s Drug & Surgical, The Kids Shoppe, Second Baptist Church, D & H Tax Service, Flournoy Properties and several other locations within the city, police said.
In the Taylor Street incident, nothing was taken as the suspect could not gain entry to the building. In most of the incidents, police were responding to the alarm.
The day before, at Second Baptist, the suspect entered by removing an air conditioning unit from a rear window and went through several desk drawers and removed a floor vent as well as damaging an electrical socket where the air conditioner had been plugged in. Brantley was identified as a suspect in this break-in, according to the incident report.
On Dec. 24, the suspect reportedly stole the cash register drawer from Reeves Cleaners and went through a file cabinet after gaining entry by kicking in the back door. The drawer and some coins were located out back, with the coins returned and the drawer placed in evidence.