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Burglary suspect caught on Christmas Eve
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Anthony Sapp

A burglary suspect spent Christmas in the Effingham County jail after allegedly breaking into a house and stealing firearms.

According to reports, Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Goshen Road residence shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday night on a report of a burglary.

“Deputies were on scene within minutes and set up a perimeter around the offender,” ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor said.

Deputies located the offender, Anthony Sapp, 29, of Rincon in a wooded area across Jamestown subdivision. Sapp was subdued with a Taser as he resisted arrest, Ehsanipoor said.

Sapp was arrested and charged with burglary, theft by taking, and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He is being held in the Effingham County Jail.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office also offers this reminder: at this time of year, thieves aren’t just scoping people's houses, but also looking in their trash.

After you open all your Christmas gifts, be careful throwing out those empty boxes, especially for big-ticket items. Putting them out to the curb can tip off thieves on what Santa brought you.

“Empty boxes are a billboard to thieves advertising what is inside your home,” Ehsanipoor said. “The best way to get rid of holiday boxes is to drop them off at a recycling center.

“If recycling is not an option, conceal your boxes as best you can,” Ehsanipoor added. “Break them down and rip them up before putting them in the trash.”

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is advised to contact their local law enforcement agency.