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Man charged with downtown thefts

Anthony Gerard Hatten (Source: SCMPD) Anthony Gerard Hatten (Source: SCMPD)

A convicted felon who was transferred to Savannah to complete his prison sentence is charged with a felony and two misdemeanors in connection with thefts.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said surveillance video helped identify Anthony Gerard Hatten, 49, of Waycross, as the suspect in various thefts.

Hatton is charged with felony financial transaction card fraud and misdemeanor theft of lost or mislaid property and possession of drug-related objects by SCMPD's Downtown Precinct detectives.

Police said Hatten his previous criminal arrests took place in Waycross. His record shows 11 incarcerations, including a 2010 theft conviction for which he was sentenced to five years in an Augusta prison, according to SCMPD.

He served 16 months and was released in August and transferred to the Coastal Transition Center in Savannah. He was released from the center and started state probation in November.

A purse was reported missing from a Bull Street business. A few days later, a theft was occurred at another a downtown business and the suspect matched Hatten's description, according to police.   

Hatten was stopped by detectives days later. They found a wallet on him containing transaction cards belonging to a Savannah woman, according to SCMPD. Videos from one of the stores where the card was used show him conducting the transaction. 

Detectives continue to investigate whether there are connections to other crimes.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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