A five–week investigation into a string of burglaries led to the arrest of a 16–year–old boy, his mother and two men who had purchased stolen items from him.
Police charged Meshawn Shuman Richardson with four counts of felony burglary, felony entering an automobile and misdemeanor battery. His name was released by the Chatham County Juvenile Court because of his extensive criminal history. Since September 2010 he has been charged with felony theft by taking of an automobile, three other felony burglaries and felony entering an automobile.
Also, Martino Buxton, 33, of Sherman Avenue has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana. Police also found a contempt of court warrant against him.
Monique N. Richardson, 44, of the 900 block of Hancock Street, has been charged with possession of marijuana.
One of the burglaries also led to the arrest in April of Vincent Joseph Clark, 27, of the 900 block of Wilcox Street after a victim used an I–Pad to locate items stolen from his house.
Detectives had been investigating Meshawn Richardson after burglaries and thefts mounted up over the past five weeks, particularly in the Central Precinct. The break in the case came Sunday when a citizen told police Richardson was attempting to sell a stolen pistol and a laptop computer.
Detectives and Tactical Reaction and Prevention (TRAP) units moved in to apprehend him. He broke free and ran, injuring an officer, but was taken into custody after a foot chase several blocks away. A search warrant was served on his residence where marijuana was found in the possession of Monique Richardson along with several electronic items believed stolen in the burglaries. A second search warrant served on Buxton’s residence yielded cocaine, drug scales, marijuana, a stolen firearm, a stolen television and a stolen Nintendo Wii.
• A hit and run accident has left a man in serious condition and police searching for suspects. Just before 11 p.m., police were called to 33rd and Live Oak streets after receiving calls about a hit and run accident. They discovered the victim, David McClain, 29, suffering from head injuries. Investigators determined McClain had bent over to pick up something from the street and was struck by a passing vehicle. The vehicle kept going without stopping.
SCMPD’s Major Accident Investigations Team put out a lookout for a four door sedan, dark green or blue in color, with drivers’side damage. Within hours patrol officers located a vehiclewhich they believed may have been involved.
• An 11–year–old Savannah boy is in stable condition after riding his bicycle into the path of a pickup truck Sunday. Edward Osborne of West 59th Street was transported to Memorial University Medical Center with non–life threatening injuries after the 3:32 p.m. collision at West 58th and Crane streets.
Police determined he was riding his Huffy BMX bicycle north on Crane when he failed to heed a stop sign and rode into the path of a green 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Taiwon Antonio Smashum, 27, of the 1200 block of East 38th Street. The pickup was traveling west on 58th Street.