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Savannah Fire & Emergency Services investigators charged an east Savannah man with arson in connection to a July 22 fire at triplex on East Park Avenue.

50–year–old Donald E. Bragg was charged with 1st degree arson and 1st degree burglary following an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the early evening fire at 1116–B E. Park Ave. In that incident, firefighters arrived on scene just after 6:30 p.m. to find smoke and flames in the vacant, unsecured apartment in the center of the triplex building.

Although the flames had spread to the roof of the structure, firefighters were able to contain the bulk of the fire to the living room and a closet area in the apartment. The two adjoining apartments sustained smoke and water damage and minor structural damage as firefighters checked for any additional extension of the flames.

The suspect was apprehended by SCMPD officers at his home at 1015 E. Waldburg St.

• Police seek two men who robbed the First Chatham Bank and fled this past Thursday afternoon.

The two black males, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s walked into the main branch at Barnard and State streets about 4:30 p.m., produced handguns and demanded money. They used cloths to cover their faces.

SCMPD Robbery detectives are working with FBI agents on the continuing investigation. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234–2020 or text CRIMES (274637).

• Officers operating under cover in reaction to vehicle break–ins in Ardsley Park arrested a man and two juveniles believed to be responsible for multiple thefts.

Bernard Christopher Boyce, 22, was charged with two counts of entering an auto and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all felonies, and misdemeanor loitering or prowling. The two 16–year–old teenagers are charged with entering auto and being a party to the crime of entering auto. The three are suspected in multiple break–ins with possible ties to other recent auto break–ins in the area.

Officers observed Boyce circling the area on a bicycles operating as a lookout while the teenagers walked either side of the street checking vehicles for open doors. Police watched them enter several cars before issuing the takedown order on 45th Street near Harmon Street.

• The number of suspects still wanted from a recent warrant sweep in the Cyler-Brownsville neighborhood got a little smaller with the arrest of Edward Singleton.

He was arrested after leading the Georgia State Patrol on a chase across three counties. Singleton was driving a stolen vehicle at the time. He also has warrants of file for four counts of sale of cocaine, and is an absconded sex offender.

Singleton was the 9th person from a list generated during a sweep conducted in Cyler- Brownsville. It was the final step of an eight-month investigation by SARGE, composed of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officers and ATF agents.