Three men arrested in burglary

WARNER ROBINS — Three men were arrested in connection with a burglary that took place Tuesday afternoon at 111 Chamberlain Drive, according to a news release from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Keith Scott, 18, of Warner Robins, was charged with burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and giving false statements and writings. James Timothy Browder, 18, of Kathleen, was charged with burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Robert Nathaniel Belle, 21, of Byron, was charged with burglary.

According to the release, a FedEx driver told deputies he saw one of the suspects looking out a window of the residence before the deputies’ arrival. Houston County deputies found a vehicle driven by Scott still running behind the home with several items in the back seat. One of the home’s back windows was found open with a semi-automatic firearm and a large bayonet lying on the ground beneath it, according to a news release.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office response team was called in to clear the home. Once it was cleared and no suspects were found inside, deputies began searching the surrounding neighborhoods. Helicopters and dogs were used to track the suspects, and nearby schools were put on lockdown during search.

Scott was found hiding inside a home on Loxley Drive and was taken into custody, according to a news release. Browder was taken into custody at Quail Run and Pointer Court after someone called in a tip about 6:15 p.m. Belle was also taken into custody by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and charged, according to a news release.

Officials are still looking for a man wanted in another apparently unrelated burglary that took place about the same time in Statham’s Landing subdivision.

Deputies were called to 101 Statham’s Way on Tuesday after the homeowner realized a door had been forced open when he returned home for lunch, Lt. Jon Holland said. The homeowner heard noises and saw a man running from the home, Holland said. Nothing was taken from the residence.

Deputies searched the area for about three hours after the initial call, Holland said. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area at the time of the burglary is asked to call the Houston County Sheriff’s Office at 542-2085 or 542-2080.

Telegraph writer Jennifer Burk contributed to this report.

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