Savannah man sought in Bluffton vehicle thefts

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 17, 2014 

James Duncan Jr.

JASPER COUNTY JAIL

Investigators are searching for an 18-year-old Savannah man in connection with three recent vehicle thefts in Bluffton, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

James Jermaine Duncan reportedly entered Peacock Cabinetry on Buckingham Plantation Drive just before 3 p.m. Tuesday asking about a job, the release said. An employee instructed Duncan to write down his contact information and left him at the front desk before another employee saw the 18-year-old leave the parking lot driving an employee's white 2011 Ford Expedition.

Officers believe Duncan stole the keys from the employee's purse.

Witnesses said a man matching Duncan's description also entered Powerhouse Gym on Fording Island Road in December just before two vehicles were stolen. Duncan is considered a person of interest in those cases, as well, the release said.

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department recovered the Expedition on Wednesday, the release said. The other vehicles were recovered earlier in Savannah, according to the Sheriff's Office. While Duncan was last known to live on Rayburn Street in Savannah, he is also known to frequent the Old South apartments in Bluffton, the release said.

Anyone with information can call Cpl. W. Conant at 843-255-3424 or Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (274-6372).

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