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Felon With Lengthy Record Picked up for Downtown Thefts

Felon With Lengthy Record Picked up for Downtown Thefts

Savannah Metro Police say a convicted felon who transferred to Savannah to complete his prison sentence has now been charged with a felony and two misdemeanors relating to thefts in the downtown area.  Authorities say videos helped identify the suspect, 49 year old Anthony Hatten.

Hatten is charged with felony financial transaction card fraud, misdemeanor theft of lost or mislaid property and possession of drug related objects

Police say Hatten is from Waycross where previous arrests took place and that  his record shows 11 incarcerations.  The latest they say was for a 2010 theft conviction. Hatten was sentenced to five years in an Augusta prison.

Police say he was released in August after serving 16 months and transferred to the Coastal Transition Center in Savannah. He was released from the Center in August and started state probation in November.

In the past year, Police Chief Willie Lovett has spoken out several times about concerns regarding some of those staying at the Center.  That was after several people still housed there were charged with crimes.  Again, Hatten was no longer staying at the Center. It's not known where he had been staying since August.

Savannah Alderman Tom Bordeaux told us that leaders remain concerned about the facility whether "someone is still there or has left and just stayed in Savannah."

We also attempted to get comments from the Georgia Department of Corrections, which operates the Coastal Transitional Center.  I received an email from the public relations department saying that the department has "been aware of Chief Lovett's concerns."  The email went on to say that on January 31, Commissioner Brian Owens met with several state legislators from Chatham County.  The email did not say what if any changes may be made at the facility.

The email went on to say "The Center is not responsible for inmates after they are released. In some cases, the offenders are under parole or probation supervision."





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