Oconee County police blotter

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:

 

WANTED MAN FOUND: On July 11, Deputy Matthew Smith stopped at about 11 p.m. at a house off Marshall Wilkes Road to check the location because the resident was out of town. As he walked into the backyard, he encountered a man. The deputy asked why he was there and the man said he was the groundskeeper for the homeowner and that he lived in a barn on the property. The deputy obtained his name as Darryl Lee Mercado, 53, of Monroe and learned he was wanted on warrants out of Clarke and Walton counties and in New Jersey. He was taken to jail.

BAD DEAL: On July 7, a 38-year-old Athens woman reported that in June she purchased two Walmart cards from an acquaintance from Watkinsville. The cards were valued at $300 and she gave the acquaintance $200. When she went to use the cards, she found that neither card contained any money. The suspect, who is also 38 years old, is refusing to reimburse the money.

DAMAGE: On July 6, a 44-year-old Athens man reported he was at a location on Aiken Road, Bogart, when someone vandalized his car and stole a center cap on the wheel.

THEFT: On July 7, Deputy Justin Cash met with a resident of Whitlow Ridge Drive, Bishop, who reported someone entered his garage and stole a gas-powered trimmer and blower valued at $200.

MAN ARRESTED: On July 5, Sgt. Joe Williams went to a home on Price Mill Road, where a man kicked in a door and heavily damaged the door frame. The man was trying to get the keys to a vehicle in an effort to visit a woman in Farmington. Andy Schwarzenbach, 20, of Bishop was charged with trespassing.

EQUIPMENT STOLEN: On July 8, a 65-year-old Comer man reported the theft of a Bobcat rubber tire skid steer valued at $21,500. The equipment was stolen between 5:30 p.m. July 7 and 8 a.m. July 8 at a location on Cumberland Trail, a street off Whippoorwill Road.

MAN CHARGED: On July 8, Deputy Frank Smith and five other deputies were dispatched shortly before 11 a.m. to the parking lot of Kroger on Epps Bridge Parkway in response to a report of a fight. When they arrived, they located the suspect near Larry’s Giant Subs, where he was waving a sign and screaming at people passing by. He also reportedly hit the building. The suspect denied being in a fight and said he used his fist to hit the building. Matthew Arnold Mayfield, 40, of Athens was charged with disorderly conduct.

RING STOLEN: On July 9, an 18-year-old resident of Pine Hill Circle, Watkinsville, reported someone entered his home and stole a ring that belonged to his late grandfather. The gold retirement ring and a silver coin were last seen on July 7.

POWER DISPUTE: On July 9, a man went to his father-in-law’s home on Sikes Road to mow the lawn and found an extension cord running from the back porch to the neighbor’s house. The man said he unplugged the cord and the neighbor exited his home and started walking toward him asking what he was doing. The man said he called 911. The neighbor explained he was remodeling his home and had to turn his power off for a day to have the meter changed. He said he knew his neighbor wouldn’t care if he used the electricity until the work was done. The man offered to pay $25 for use of the power, but the complainant declined and asked the deputy to just ask the man to stay off the property.

TOOL THEFT: On July 10, a deputy was dispatched to Lowe’s on Epps Bridge Parkway, where a man walked out of the store with more than a dozen tools valued at almost $300. Store officials were able to gain an identity of the suspect, a 44-year-old Athens man, and a warrant is expected.

FIGHT ARRESTS: On July 11, deputies were dispatched to Shadyfield Lane in North High Shoals in response to a call about a fight between a man and woman. Upon arriving, they found Nicholas Jason Lipham, 35, with scratch wounds on his back and a bleeding ear. Lipham told officers that he incurred the injuries during a fight with Jamie Elizabeth Hicks, 41, when an argument escalated into a fight. Hicks told officers that Lipham punched her in the face and that she fought back in self defense. Both were arrested on a charge of simple battery. Lipham asked a deputy to get his wallet in a bedroom before he went to jail and when the officer went inside the room, he found a bottle containing marijuana. He was also charged with possession.

DAMAGE: On July 11, Deputy Wes Odom was dispatched to the Bogart sports complex on South Burson Avenue. Someone had entered a building and broke the locks on two closets. Nothing was reported stolen.

TRAILER MISSING: On July 12, Deputy Frank Smith met with a man who reported the theft of a 12-foot long flatbed trailer parked at a construction site on Wildflower Trail, Statham. The trailer, valued at $2,500, belongs to Athens Construction Group.

THIEF LIKES NEWPORTS: On July 13, a resident of Whitlow Ridge Drive, Bishop, reported someone entered her vehicle and stole a Hobo brand wallet containing her driver’s license and several credit and bank cards. Someone later used one of the cards at the Golden Pantry in Bishop for the purchase of four cartons of Newport cigarettes, valued at $228, and $15 worth of lotto tickets. The suspect was a black male in his mid 30s.

 

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