Oconee County police blotter

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

 

NECKLACES STOLEN: On Oct. 27, Deputy Stanley Swisher met with an employee of Kohl’s, who reported a person stole two gold necklaces, valued at a total of $1,725. The deputy was given three pictures of the suspect.

BAD CHECKS: On Oct. 27, Deputy Bradley Vaughn was dispatched to Oconee State Bank on U.S. Highway 78, where a customer had made withdrawals of $10,000 using bad checks. The deputy arrested Javeda Lashea Freeman, 30, of U.S. Highway 29, Athens, on 12 counts of forgery and two counts of deposit account fraud. She was released from jail two days later on a $20,000 bond.

TRESPASSING: On Oct. 30, a deputy was dispatched to a home in North High Shoals where a man reported that his neighbor placed a letter in his mailbox that referenced a welcome gift she gave when he moved into his home. The man said the behavior concerned him, so the deputy went to the neighbor and issued her a notice of prohibited entry on the man’s property.

COUSIN IN TROUBLE: On Oct. 31, Deputy Jamie Elder met with a 43-year-old woman, who said her cousin had used her identity when she was stopped for a traffic violation in Athens during July. The woman said she received a certified letter from Athens Municipal Court saying her license had been suspended as a result of the ticket. The woman looked into the matter and discovered that her 42-year-old cousin, who lives in Watkinsville had used her name and date of birth when police issued her the ticket. The signature on the ticket was also forged in her name. The woman was advised to contact officials in Athens.

EMPLOYEE THEFT: On Oct. 29, Deputy Sonyia Wallace-Burchett was dispatched to Walmart, where a loss prevention officer reported that a 25-year-old store employee had hidden a box of three iPhones, valued at $199 each, in the stock room. At the end of his shift, the man returned to the stock room, and placed the three phones in his pockets. He then took them to the EcoATM kiosk, which pays for recycled cell phones. Two of his friends, who are also employed by the store, blocked the view of the security camera while he recycled the phones. The suspect received cash for the phones. The store officer said he will seek an arrest warrant for the man, who lives in Athens.

SUSPECT NABBED: On Nov. 1, Sgt. Scott Underwood was monitoring traffic along Old Macon Highway when he observed a car run a stop sign then turn on U.S. Highway 441 while not stopping for a red traffic light. The officer made a traffic stop and found that the driver was not in possession of a license. A check also showed that the driver was wanted on a burglary warrant out of Oconee County. Matthew Thomas Perez, 18, of Athens was taken to jail. He was later released on a $5,000 bond.

 

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