Last Updated: 10/18/2019 @ 10:27 a.m.
Richmond Hill, GA – The Richmond Hill Police Department, with help from the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia State Patrol, have made three (3) arrests in connection to a string of thefts that occured in Richmond Hill.
Bruce Specks, Tavon Strobert, and Tavarius Diaz were all arrested in the Sterling Creek subdivision and were each charged with at least one count of felony theft. These arrests happened in the early morning hours of October 5th, 2019.
Bruce Specks – According to an incident report, Richmond Hill Police Officers David Royer and Captain Ray Fowler were searching the Sterling Creek neighborhood due to a report of suspects entering vehicles inside the subdivision.
While conducting their search, the officers observed a vehicle exit Bee Keeper Court. They attempted to make a traffic stop on Wild Honey Court at which time the vehicle began driving erratically towards Sterling Creek Drive. They continued their pursuit until the vehicle entered the cul-de-sac of Reese Drive. At which point, the officers blocked the exit of the cul-de-sac, essentially forcing the vehicle to stop. Once stopped, the driver, later identified as Bruce Specks, 20, of Ridgeland, South Carolina, was ordered out of the vehicle and placed under arrest by Bryan County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Robbie Breen, who also arrived on scene. After questioning Specks, it was discovered that he was driving a stolen 2014 Infiniti Q50.
Bruce Specks was booked into the Bryan County Jail and has been formally charged with:
- Theft by Taking (Felony)
According to a criminal warrant, Specks’ bail was set at $7,500 cash or $15,000 property. As of October 18th, he has not been released.
Here’s a video of Specks’ arrest. This video contains strong language, viewer discretion is advised.
Tavon Strobert – Tavon Strobert, 19, of Hardeeville, South Carolina was arrested inside of the Sterling Creek subdivision and booked into the Bryan County Jail and has been formally charged with :
- Theft by Receiving Stolen Property (Felony)
- Loitering and Prowling (Misdemeanor)
According to criminal warrants, Strobert’s bail was set at $7,800 cash or $15,600 property. He was released on October 7th.
Tavarius Diaz – Richmond Hill Police Officers Brandon Tufts and Captain Ray Fowler were searching the Sterling Creek neighborhood on the department’s Polaris Ranger ATV after several theft suspects were reported in the area by other officers. At which time, they observed a vehicle run a stop sign in the vicinity of Ashley Court.
The officers dismounted the ATV and approached the vehicle, a black Honda Accord, and ordered the driver and sole occupant to stop. As they approached the vehicle, Officer Tufts noticed the driver was wearing a mask and gloves. Based on evidence from recent incidents involving theft from vehicles, he knew those suspects also wore a mask and gloves. Therefore, the driver, later identified as Tavarius Diaz, 21, of Ridgeland, South Carolina was ordered out of the vehicle and detained for questioning. It was noted also that the temperature never dropped below 74 degrees overnight, yet Diaz was wearing black pants and a black sweatshirt. Shortly after, the Honda Accord was discovered to be stolen.
While searching Diaz, officers found a black flashlight and a large amount of change and loose bills. He did not have a wallet or ID. When asked his name, it matched the ID from a wallet found in the driver’s seat of a different stolen vehicle belonging to a disabled veteran which was discovered just moments earlier.
Tavarius Diaz was booked into the Bryan County Jail and has been formally charged with:
- Theft by Taking (Felony)
- Possession of Tools for the Commission of Crime (Felony)
According to criminal warrants, Diaz’s bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 property. He was released on October 11th.