While authorities were hunting a southeast Georgia jail escapee, the wanted man might have been baking cookies in Twiggs County.
Chad Everette Dasher is the prime suspect in a burglary discovered Saturday in the 4600 block of Ga. 96, said Col. Billy Boney, chief deputy of the Twiggs County Sheriffs Office.
We think its probably him, but nobody has seen him, Boney said.
Investigators are looking at fingerprint evidence to determine if Dasher slept in the back bedroom and snacked on fresh-baked cookies, crackers and mustard while the owners were away.
A 20-gauge shotgun, a .22 rifle, a .22 automatic pistol, a large knife and a 42-inch television also were missing from the home, according to the Twiggs County sheriffs incident report.
Dasher was believed to be in Twiggs County early Thursday morning after deputies discovered a wrecked vehicle he is accused of stealing from Ludowici in Long County.
The Twiggs County Sheriffs Office also got a call of a suspicious person on Ga. 96 near Faulks Chapel Baptist Church, not far from where the car was found about 1:45 a.m. Thursday.
Friday, authorities thought Dasher had fled, but Saturday a neighbor who reported his tractor battery was stolen, noticed the gray 1986 Volvo 244 normally parked next door was missing.
A deputy contacted the homeowners who came back to find the door had been kicked in.
An old battery was lying in the carport, but the Volvo was gone, possibly powered by the stolen battery from next door.
Inside the house, someone had slept in one of the beds and had eaten in the living room.
Investigators found the crackers and bottle of yellow mustard in a recliner. Some cookies were in a baking pan and raw cookie dough was still in the oven.
Boney believes Dasher got away in the stolen Volvo.
Hes probably long gone, he said.
Dasher and fellow inmate Raymond Thomas Smith got out through the roof of the Tattnall County jail between Jan. 23 and 24.
Smith was captured earlier this month in Texas.
Dasher was being held in the Tattnall County Jail in Reidsville in connection with a 2012 multi-county crime spree.
He has a history of running from the law.
Authorities described Dasher as having violent tendencies and being armed and dangerous.
Dasher is a white man, with brown hair and green eyes, 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 140 pounds.
If you see him, use extreme caution and call authorities.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.