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Snack buy on stolen card leads to arrest

POSTED: August 5, 2013 9:24 p.m.
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Hunter Roberts

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Buying a one-dollar snack proved very costly for an Effingham County man.


Hunter Roberts, 27, of Guyton was charged Friday in connection with burglaries that occurred early that morning. According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Roberts stole several items, including a credit card, from cars on Jabez Jones Road near Highway 17 South.


A short time later, Roberts used the credit card to purchase a bag of snack crackers at the Pooler Walmart. Investigators identified him from the store’s surveillance video.


“He bought a pack of Teddy Grahams that cost $1.03 on the stolen credit card,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor. “What got him caught was buying the Teddy Grahams at Walmart.”


Roberts was at the Pooler Walmart at 7:30 a.m. He left the store and was arrested for driving under the influence in Bloomingdale after his car ran out of gas, Ehsanipoor said.


Roberts was in jail in Chatham County on the DUI charge when Effingham investigators determined he was the suspect in the early-morning burglaries. He was taken to Effingham County Jail and has been released on bond.


According to the ECSO, Roberts stole items from at least two cars and attempted two other burglaries, at a home and a shed. He was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of entering autos.


More charges could come as the investigation continues, Ehsanipoor said.


The DUI arrest concluded an eventful few hours for Roberts, investigators said, starting with the burglaries followed by the ill-fated snack stop.


“This all occurred within 6-8 hours,” Ehsanipoor said.

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