SCMPD arrest looters following Hurricane Matthew

SAVANNAH, Ga. – SCMPD officers made three burglary arrests Friday morning following Hurricane Matthew.

Around 8:20am, officers picked up 20-year-old William Bennett and 42-year-old Melvin Hutcheson after they tried to break into the 3G convenience store on Wheaton Street.  Police say the men tried to pry the plywood off the front of the business.  Officers found them trying to break into the back of the store.

Around 9:50am Saturday, officers responded to the 4800 block of Highway 21 in Garden City.  They found the front of the store had been broken into and officers found 45-year-old Amy Lynn Bouvette.  She had two bags of merchandise including lotto tickets, beer, cigarettes and food.  She’s charged with burglary.

Chief of Police Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. is urging citizens to stay inside and remain vigilant.  “We need the community’s help to maintain order,” he said.  “I am asking citizens to call 911 if they notice any suspicious activity that may lead to burglaries, thefts, and robberies or looting.  Our number one priority is to protect life and property.”

Members of the Georgia National Guard have been assigned to every precinct to help prevent break-ins at homes or businesses.

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