Sheriff Dee Stewart said Investigator Todd Smith and Investigator Tim Clift, of the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division, who led the search for the suspect, spent numerous hours working on these cases.
“The long hours paid off yesterday,” Stewart said Thursday.
According to Stewart, his office had received numerous complaints from residents stating that someone had entered one or more of the vehicles at their residence and stolen a variety of items, such as credit cards, laptop computers, firearms and money.
“Some of the property has been recovered and investigators will be notifying the victims of any items that have been recovered so that they may be returned to them,” Stewart said.
Although Underwood is the only suspect in custody, authorities say they expect more arrests, as Stewart said, “Underwood and others are also responsible for numerous entering autos in Pike County and possibly some burglaries,” which led to the cooperative efforts of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are not always able to solve these type crimes, but when we have assistance from citizens and good evidence, things fall into place and we are able to arrest these people and bring them before the courts,” Stewart said.
Underwood has been charged with 15 counts of entering auto, each a felony; driving on an expired license, a misdemeanor; violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act; possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor; and possession of burglary tools, a felony.
“Underwood will have a bond set by the Magistrate Court, but because he is currently out on bond for the same type crimes from last year from Spalding and Pike County Superior Court, investigators with both jurisdictions have petitioned the District Attorney’s Office to have both those bonds revoked because of the continuing crime spree that Underwood has been involved in,” Stewart said.