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UPDATE: "Total Focus" Nets 32 Arrests

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UPDATE 1/13/14 4:15 p.m.

Metro Police say "Operation Total Focus" netted 32 arrests this past Thursday and Friday nights.

Four of those arrests were for felonies, spokesman Julian Miller said.

Two stolen weapons were also recovered and 143 citations were issued.

Stormy weather and a tornado watch led commanders of the scheduled three-night effort to shift forces to regular patrols, Miller said.

"The idea of Total Focus is to prevent crime," said Maj. Richard Zapal, commander of the operation. "We do this by finding those who have been charged with crimes and getting them off the streets and presenting a presence that would discourage illegal activity. In a sense, we are taking the enforcement to them rather than reacting to the crimes they may commit.  We are fairly certain we interrupted several robberies in the planning stages Thursday night. That was a huge achievement. I have thanked and congratulated all participants in the operation."


Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Officers, detectives, and other enforcement agencies are out in Savannah trying to curb crime.

Operation Total Focus is not only a show of force but it's about getting criminals off the street. Around 75 officers are participating.

Police officers are not only setting up road blocks but also under cover work is going on to find drugs and weapons.

This operation began Thursday and will continue until Saturday night.

During the first night, three felons were arrested.

Police officers said they watched three men, all convicted felons, study two convenience stores before confronting them at a third store at Waters Avenue and Victory Drive. After capturing one of the men in a foot chase across both streets, officers found marijuana and a stolen firearm.

According to SCMPD, 29-year-old Robert Douglas Morgan was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction, and theft by receiving. Lawrence Sheppard Jr., 41-years-old, was charged with operating a vehicle without a license plate and possession of marijuana. Joseph Maurice Hamilton Jr., 40-years-old, was charged with possession of marijuana.

Captain John Best said this operation was a good example of teamwork. 

"There is a great number of us out here. The visibility is up and by doing this maybe we are taking some bad guys off the street, interrupting their night, so they can't interrupt someone who's law abiding," said Captain Best.

Coming up at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. see what else police are finding during this operation.

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