The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
DAMAGE: On June 28, a deputy was dispatched to Bell’s off Hog Mountain Road, where sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. three young males went to the store and pulled on the doors. They then went into the parking lot and pushed the buggy stalls over causing damage. Security camera photos of the youngsters was turned over to the deputy for an investigation.
THEFT: On June 28, Deputy Patrick Webster met with 31-year-old resident of Fern Hill Road, Bogart, who reported someone entered and ransacked two vehicles. The thief took $250 cash.
THEFT: On June 28, Deputy Justin Cash met with a resident of Brighton Lane, Bogart, who reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle during the night and stole a money clip with several credit cards and $450 cash.
THEFT: On June 28, a 40-year-old resident of Kings Mill Run, Athens, reported someone entered her vehicle and stole a CD player that was mounted in the dash.
THEFT: On June 28, an employee of Walmart reported that a man stole pressure washer valued at $234. The suspect was described as a white male his 50s.
CUTTING: On June 29, a deputy was dispatched to Barnett Shoals Road, where a 23-year-old man said he accidentally cut himself with a knife. The man was transported to a hospital by ambulance.
FRAUD: On June 29, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart, where a 51-year-old Athens man had arrived to pick up a package delivered to the store under a fraudulent account. The man explained that a female friend asked him to get the package, which her uncle had ordered. The package contained two cell phones. The man said he was supposed to get the package, then ship it to a location in Ghana. The man has not been charged.
SHOPLIFTING: On June 29, Deputy Bradley Vaughn was dispatched to Trader Joe’s off Epps Bridge Parkway, where a man had entered the store and stole several items, including steaks and salmon. The man, described as a black male in his 20s, left the area in a green Honda Accord.
MAN ARRESTED: On June 30, deputies went to a home on Elder Mill Road and arrested Jacob T. Meeler, 37, on a charge of theft. Meeler is accused of stealing two shotguns at a home on June 29. The guns were taken to a pawn shop, but the owner was able to recover them.
SHOPLIFTING: On June 30, a deputy was dispatched to the Dollar General Store on Garland Drive, Bogart, where two people shoplifted some goods. The pair, a black man in his 30s and a black woman in her 20s, escaped in a black Nissan Altima.
VEHICLE STOLEN: On July 1, Deputy Wes Odom was dispatched to the Bogart Pantry on Atlanta Highway to investigate the theft of a 2003 Ford SUV. The deputy was told that a man drove up to the store in a Chevrolet Cargo ambulance and parked in front of the store with the emergency lights on. The driver exited, looked into the Ford vehicle, got inside and drove off. The owner of the Ford, a 50-year-old Athens man, was inside the store. He had left the vehicle running with the doors unlocked. The deputy looked in the ambulance and saw open beer cans and energy supplements. The ambulance, reported stolen out of Barrow County, was not damaged and nothing was missing. A lookout was posted and it was learned the stolen Ford was recovered at a Golden Pantry in Watkinsville and the thief had driven off in a pickup that he also stole. The pickup was later spotted in Oglethorpe County, where sheriff’s deputies arrested Nicholas Kyle Shaw, 26, of Lawrenceville on numerous charges.
DRUGS FOUND: On July 1, a deputy was dispatched about 7:45 p.m. to reports of a reckless driver seen traveling on New High Shoals Road. The deputy spotted the car parked along the road near High Shoals and the woman driver explained she was OK and that she had stopped to smoke a cigarette. The officer however smelled marijuana and the woman admitted it was in her purse. She also had a bottle with three different kinds of medication and a piece of aluminum foil with cocaine. Monica W. Humbles, 51, of Winder was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana along with having drugs not in the original container.
DRUGS FOUND: On July 1, a deputy was traveling on Epps Bridge Parkway about 9:30 p.m. to respond to a complaint when he came up behind a car with an expired tag. He made a check and found the car was also uninsured. When he activated his blue light, the car, which was stopped at a red light, suddenly went through the red light and pulled into the parking lot of Wendy’s and stopped. During the investigation, the deputy found a bag of marijuana and cocaine. Andrea Dorian McDonald, 38, of Paloma Trail, Athens, was charged with possessing the drugs, along with running a red light and driving while her license was suspended.
MAILBOXES DESTROYED: on July 4, deputy David Burchett was dispatched at 3 p.m. to a location on Barnett Shoals, where a vehicle had run off the road and destroyed four mailboxes. Witnesses described it as a dark blue pickup with running lights on top and a winch on the front. Burchett examined the location and found two chrome letters O and M in the grass. A lookout was posted and an Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s deputy responded that he had located a Ford F-250 truck matching that description on Wilson Road in Arnoldsville. The deputy had followed the truck to a home and arrested the driver for DUI. Burchett drove to Oglethorpe County and the O and M fit perfectly on the word CHROME that was attached to the truck. In addition, there was a snow plow attachment on the front end, and the deputy noted this is something a Southerner would easily mistake for a winch. Eric Stacy Adams, 48, of Arnoldsville was charged with failing to maintain a lane and striking a fixed object.