Serial burglar arrested by BPS

Published 6:02 pm Friday, July 15, 2016

By Brandon O’Connor



A series of burglaries throughout Bainbridge have been solved. Bainbridge Public Safety arrested Rontavious Britten on the morning of July 8 and after an investigation he was charged with multiple burglaries throughout Bainbridge, including Leisure Services.

According to the BPS report, Officers Toby Miller and Chris Jackson attempted to make contact with Britten for a routine check after they spotted him near Burger King while patrolling Shotwell Street around 2:30 a.m.

“They ID and complete field interviews with people walking that late,” Investigator Mark Esquivel said. “On sight of police he ran.”

After catching him the officer arrested Britten. While searching the area they found a chainsaw and weed eater attachment near the dumpster according to the report.

It was later determined that the tools had been stolen from a residence on Brinson Street.

According to Esquivel, Britten admitted during his interview with Esquivel that he had broken into Leisure Services on multiple occasions.

The first reported robbery occurred on June 15 and included multiple power tools stolen from a Leisure Services truck. He admitted to subsequently breaking into Leisure Services on June 20 and 23 and July 8. Items stolen included gas cans, tools and lawn equipment.

“We had some pictures on the cameras, but we couldn’t identify them,” Esquivel said. “Turned out he was from Albany.”

Many of the items were recovered at a pawnshop in Albany where Britten had been selling the items. Multiple items not related to the Leisure Services theft, but pawned by Britten were also found. Additional items were also found at his girl friend’s house that are suspected to have been stolen from residences and sheds throughout Bainbridge. Some items have been returned to their owners, but many have not including multiple air compressors, saws and assorted power tools. The items recovered are:

Drill (6)

Drill Bit Set (2)

Corded Saw

Circular Saw

Jig Saw

Reciprocating Saw (2)

Chainsaw (2)


Battery Charger

Power Inverter

Air Compressor (2)

Hedge Clippers (2)

Weed Eater


Garden Tool Set

Toolbag with Tools



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