By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
3 suspects arrested in post office robbery
Thermon Gaines

Three suspects charged in connection with the robbery of the Eden Post Office remain in Effingham County Sheriff’s Office custody.

Brian Bacon, 18, of Pembroke, and Charles Pretlow, 17, of Statesboro, have both been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and conspiracy to commit a crime for the Oct. 14 robbery. Thermon Gaines, 19, of Pembroke, has been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Gaines was arrested Monday night in Pembroke. Bacon was arrested Tuesday morning in Pembroke, and Pretlow was arrested later Tuesday by Effingham deputies.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, along with the U.S. Postal Inspector, had been following leads since the robbery, which took place just before noon on Oct. 14.

According to reports, masked gunmen entered into the post office and robbed it at gunpoint. Both agencies received assistance from the Pembroke Police Department and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.

“We are extremely proud of the teamwork displayed by all agencies involved with this case which led to these three arrests,” said Effingham Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.

“Crimes against the U.S. Postal Service are taken very seriously, especially when they endanger our employees. U.S. Postal Inspectors are seeking federal charges,” said Yulanda Burns, U.S. postal inspector and public information officer for the Atlanta Division.