SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE: It’s been nearly a week since investigators in Effingham County asked for the public’s help to find an armed and dangerous man.
Investigators believe 42-year-old Alan Dozier stole a gun during a burglary.
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office says not only is Dozier still on the run, but they say he may have even left the state to lay low.
Public Information Officer, Gena Sullivan, says though Dozier is very recognizable, with tattoos from his head down to his neck, they believe he may know people that are helping him avoid police. She also says Dozier has broken into several houses in Effingham County and has been seen by a number of people.
Sullivan says it’s important to keep Dozier in the public’s eye and relevant, because he’s very liable to continue committing crimes. She says Dozier has an extensive criminal history, including fighting police.
“He posts a lot on Facebook, kind of gives himself away a little bit, but our detectives are working hard to try and find him and bring him back, because he does have a warrant here in Effingham County, and he’s been up to this for awhile," Sullivan said. "He’s been out of prison not very long and has a pretty extensive criminal history. I think he must have friends or contacts or places that he can go and lay low for a little bit when we do get him close, because we have tried to track him and everything else and he just disappears, so clearly somebody is assisting him.”
Sullivan says they are working day in and day out to get Dozier back behind bars as quickly as possible. If anyone sees anything, law enforcement says do not approach Dozier. Call 911 instead.
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a wanted man.
Investigators say Alan Dozier is wanted for a burglary incident in Effingham County involving a gun being stolen. He is currently on parole and is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Officials say Dozier is covered in tattoos, including a large one of Mary on his head, and a teardrop under his left eye. He is a 42-year-old white male standing 6′1 and weighing around 185 pounds.
Dozier has over 30 pages of criminal history. Not only does he have around five aliases; he also has fugitive arrests for crimes in other states. He’s been spotted by many people in different places around Effingham and Chatham counties. Some people we spoke to say he’s been seen in restaurants, eating and then running out.
Rincon Police say Dozier has broken into multiple homes in Effingham County. Detective Chadwick says they are doing frequent checks in businesses and neighborhoods. They have his pictures in every squad car. Chadwick says it’s important that the public does their part and remains aware of their surroundings.
“This guy has a gun that he took in a burglary yesterday, so we want people to pay attention to what’s going on around them," Detective Chadwick said. "People should do that anyway, but they don’t. They are our eyes. We’re not able to be everywhere at one time, and we need their help in locating people like this.”
WTOC spoke to Howard Spiva, who is an attorney with Spiva Law Group. He says his brother is an investigator with a background in law enforcement - and dug into Dozier’s history. He says their first encounter with him was when he was coming out from behind one of their vacant properties. Spiva says they have been victims of burglary, car theft, and murder, themselves. He says this is their community, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to help get Dozier off the streets.
“He’s lived all over Georgia. He’s lived in Florida. He’s lived everywhere from Blackshear, Warner Robbins, Alma. He’s lived in Jacksonville; a number of places; Clay County in Florida. It’s just page after page of places he’s lived,” Spiva said. “You know, it concerns me that my wife is going over to a grocery store that this guy might be out in the parking lot, might break into the car, might harm her. He’s walking down our road. Right now, he’s last seen in Effingham County. There’s a lot of folks that live out in the country that are in isolated areas, and he doesn’t need to be on the streets.”
If you have information on Dozier’s whereabouts, you are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 912.754.3449.