Multiagency search for Grovetown suspect over, now in custody


#UPDATE (1:58 p.m.) Jonah Schafner taken into custody without incident according to law enforcement. Deputies tracked Schafner down inside a home he had broken into. According to the Columbia County warrant obtained by WJBF, Schafner was also wanted for felony entering auto on charges stemming from an August 26th incident in Martinez as well as a probation violation.

#UPDATE (11:20 a.m.) | From Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, while Schafner is not believed to be armed, shortly before 10 a.m., a call was received about an attempted break-in at a home near the pursuit.

Courtesy CCSO

Schafner is believed to have tried to break into a home along Sylvan Lake Drive while law enforcement agents were in pursuit. Entry was not gained.

In 2008, Schafner was arrested on three burglary charges that were later plead down to misdemeanor criminal trespass in Richmond County Superior Court in 2009.

Warrants were issued for Schafner’s arrest during his probation period in both 2011 and 2012.

Courtesy: RCSO

North Augusta Public Safety says that Jonah Schafner has been identified and wanted for multiple crimes within their jurisdiction for quite a while, and that they currently have a hold on him for prosecution in the state of South Carolina.

Three (3) warrants are for automobile break-ins, two (2) for second-degree burglary charges, four (4) for financial card theft, two (2) for financial card fraud, and two (2) for grand larceny, comprising 13 felony warrants in all.

A spokesperson for with North Augusta Public Safety tells WJBF that it was known that Schafner was working an extended two-state area, allegedly, in commission of these crimes.

North Augusta Public Safety has been in communication with Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in relation to these crimes.

GROVETOWN, Ga (WJBF) – Along Sylvan Lake Drive, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, aided by the Georgia Department of Safety, is searching for a man after he fled on foot.

32-year-old Jonah Schafner is suspected of breaking into vehicles in the area.

Traffic in the area of Long Creek Falls is currently being restricted as deputies search for the suspect.

Currently, there is no indication that Schafner is armed and dangerous.

Several Columbia County schools are currently on lockdown. Including Baker Place Elementary, Grovetown High, and Columbia Middle schools. A spokesperson for Columbia County Sheriff’s Office stresses that the area schools being on “soft lockdown” is in keeping with protocol.

This is a developing story.

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