A year ago around this time, Clarke County investigators were looking into more than a dozen robberies and burglaries which occurred in the otherwise relatively quiet area.
While many, if not all, of the incidents appeared to be related, tracking down the person or persons responsible was not quite as easy. However, investigators now say they feel they are on the right track.
A Clarke County grand jury recently indicted Jethro Wallace, 37, from Quitman for two of the strong armed robberies. One occurred October 2003 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Highway 512, followed by another a few weeks later at the Western Motel in Quitman.
Aside from evidence obtained, Sheriff Todd Kemp said he has good reason to believe that Wallace may also be responsible for more than just these two robberies.
"We haven't had any strong armed-type robberies since that arrest was made, so we think we made some progress there," Kemp said.
This includes possible progress in last October's strong armed robbery of Quitman alderman Robert Donald at his camp house.
"There could very well be a link with this individual and that. We're pursuing that daily," said Sheriff Kemp.
Although no other arrests have been made in any of the cases so far, Kemp said he believes there will be.
"It's very possible because we don't think that this individual acted alone in all of the particular cases, because in some areas where we had a purse snatching or robbery, there was another person seen in the area," Kemp said.
Meanwhile, Wallace will soon have his day in court. He is set to go to trial on the two charges on Dec. 14 in Clarke County Circuit Court. If found guilty on both charges, he could face up to 60 years in prison.