Suspect in over a dozen crimes surrenders soon after Athens police release his name and photo


By Joe Johnson

Approximately 90 minutes after Athens-Clarke County police publicly released his name and photograph Friday morning, the suspect in a rash of more than two dozen crimes turned himself in.

Police released information concerning 21-year-old Bryson Emone Hamilton shortly after 9:30 a.m. and at about 11 a.m. he reportedly showed up with family members at the Clarke County Jail to surrender.

Earlier in the day, police announced that they were searching for Hamilton because detectives had linked him to at least 23 burglaries, attempted burglaries and entering automobiles. Many of the crimes reportedly occurred along the Hancock corridor and mainly involved the theft of electronics such as speakers, computers, gaming consoles and controllers, backpacks, clothes and shoes.

After being questioned by police Friday, Hamilton was booked into jail on 4 counts of first-degree burglary, one count of entering an automobile with the intent to commit theft, three counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony, four counts of possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and financial transaction card theft.

Hamilton, a resident of Riverview Apartments on College Avenue, was being detained without bail at the jail Friday night.

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