The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
TRESPASSING: On Dec. 20, a deputy was dispatched to Lily’s Nails on Capital Avenue, where a rear window to the business had been damaged and a glass jar of pickles was shattered in a parking space next to the building. This is the second act of vandalism at the nail business as on Dec. 15 someone hit the front of the business with numerous eggs, smeared a glass door with ketchup and shattered two bottles of nail polish at the entrance.
RING THEFT: On Dec. 20, a man entered Kohl’s on Epps Bridge Parkway and asked to look at a 10-karat diamond ring in the showcase. A manager came over and opened the case and allowed the man to examine the ring valued at $1,350. The man asked a few questions, said “Thank you,” then ran out the door. The man, described only as a white male in his mid-40s, has not been apprehended.
GEO MAN SOUGHT: On Dec. 26, a Bishop man reported that someone tried to steal a weed eater out of the bed of his work truck while it was parked in the Lowe’s parking lot. The man was inside the store and his wife happened to be driving through the lot when she saw a gold colored Geo Metro pulled beside the truck and a middle-aged white male exited and got the weed eater. The wife stopped and began honking her horn at the man and she also yelled at him. The man put the weed eater down and got back into his Geo and fled the crime scene. Deputies were able to trace the license plate number to a possible suspect. Officers began a search, but were unable to find him that day.
DAMAGE: On Dec. 20, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Woodbrook Avenue, Bogart, where a 64-year-old woman showed the officer some unusual marks on her storm door. No one had gained entrance.
MISSING PHONE: On Dec. 20, a deputy was dispatched to a home on North Church Street, Bogart, where a man said he allowed another man to use his cell phone. The man who borrowed the phone then went outside to a car and drove off. The victim said he shouted at the man to return the phone, but his request was ignored. The victim’s roommate also reported he is missing $300 cash.
PURSE STOLEN: On Dec. 21, Deputy Timothy Kirkham met with a 38-year-old Athens woman, who reported someone stole her purse while she was shopping in the Old Navy store at the Oconee Connector between 8-8:30 p.m. The woman said she was in the dressing room and left her purse inside the room while she went to get another size piece of clothing to try on. When she returned the purse and its contents, valued at $600, were gone.
DAMAGE: On Dec. 23, two residents of Station Drive reported that during the previous night someone had driven into their yards and damaged the lawns. Deputies said there were other similar incidents in this neighborhood located east of Watkinsville off Simonton Bridge Road.
BURGLARY: On Dec. 23, Lt. Paul Maxey met with a woman who reported that someone entered a house she is building on Gentry Lane, Statham, and stole $1,480 worth of property including a faucet, lighting systems and also removed a microwave and dishwasher that had been installed. A contractor working on the project also had $600 worth of tools stolen.
LITTERING: On Dec. 24, Deputy Stanley Swisher was dispatched to a littering call on Flat Rock Road, where a 51-year-old man reported someone threw an empty beer box in his yard.
HOUSE RANSACKED: On Dec. 24, Sgt. Robert Elder was dispatched to a home on Colham Ferry Road, where a 45-year-old woman reported she came home and found her home ransacked. She identified the culprit and the deputy explained some measures she could take against the man.
BURGLARY: On Dec. 26, Deputy Kenji Dorsey was dispatched to a home on Salem Road, where a man reported that someone entered a shop building and stole $4,670 worth of construction tools. The man said he and another man had been working on a house on property for the past six weeks, but they were not there between Dec. 23-25.