October 25, 2012 10:06:46 AM
A teen known as one of the "Southside Five" has been arrested again for burglary.
Jeremy Demarcus Billups, 18, of 412 East Gaywood was arrested last Friday by Lowndes County Sheriff's Department deputies after he and two other teens allegedly broke into two houses in New Hope.
LCSD officials say Billups along with Javorose Yarbrough, 18 of 24 Elmore St. and Aeron Fields, 19, of 502 Redwood St., broke into two houses, first on Ruby Lane and then on Donna Lane.
Billups, Yarbrough and Fields reportedly kicked in the back door of the Ruby Lane home and robbed the residence before driving over to Donna Lane.
The three were attempting to break into the Donna Lane home by kicking on the garage door when neighbors called 911.
The suspects fled the scene in a white Crown Victoria. When deputies stopped the vehicle, they discovered stolen property from the Ruby Lane home inside the car.
Billups, Yarbrough and Fields were arrested and each charged with two counts of breaking and entering a dwelling.
Yarbrough was released on a $50,000 bond.
Fields was released on a $25,000 bond. Neither Fields nor Yarbrough has an arrest record with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department. However, as a juvenile, Yarbrough had frequent contact with law enforcement.
Billups did not receive a bond because he is currently under indictment for his role in the Sept. 2011 robbery of a Columbus woman.
In that incident, Billups and four others forced their way into the Sandpiper apartment of Karen Winter and burglarized her apartment while one of the teens held a gun to Winter's head.
The youths then fled the scene but were apprehended moments later.
Billups's alleged co-conspirator, Damonta Gardner, was tried and convicted earlier this year. He received a 20-year sentence.
Billups is currently awaiting trial. He is charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling and one count of armed robbery. He has prior charges that include burglary and attempted burglary.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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