Bonaire man arrested in recent Houston County burglaries

bpurser@macon.comMarch 19, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A Bonaire man has been arrested in connection with multiple burglaries in Houston County.

Denver Eugene Brooks Jr., 32, faces multiple felony charges of burglary, auto theft, criminal damage to property and other property-related crimes, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland.

For the past two weeks, mostly vacant homes for sale in the Feagin Mill and Lake Joy roads area and the Moody Road and Ga. 96 area have been burglarized, Holland said.

Brooks is suspected of stealing refrigerators, washers and dryers, other appliances, lawn equipment and tools from the homes, Holland said. He also is accused of damaging property from flooding a home to throwing lawn furniture into an outdoor pool, Holland said.

Also, Brooks has been connected to the break-ins and damaging of several vehicles at Wilkes Garage at Ga. 96 and Ga. 247 in Bonaire, Holland said. A 1979 Chevrolet Caprice stolen from the garage has been recovered.

In addition, investigators recovered some of the stolen property in the home Brooks shares with his parents in the 100 block of Howley Road. A 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck stolen from the 100 block of Forest Avenue was recovered in the driveway of the home, Holland said.

Brooks was arrested Monday at his home with the help of representatives of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles. He was paroled on May 11, 2012, according to the state Department of Corrections website.

He has burglary convictions in Sumter and Houston counties, the state Department of Corrections website shows.

He also has convictions of theft by taking, entering auto and theft by receiving stolen property in Houston County.

Brooks was being held without bond Tuesday at the Houston County jail on a parole violation, Holland said.

Holland said investigators knocked on a lot of doors and looked at similarities in the burglaries in connecting Brooks to the crimes.

Anyone who has information related to the incidents or recently has purchased appliances from Brooks is asked to contact sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Middlebrooks, the lead investigator on the case, at (478) 542-2085 or (478) 542-2080.

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