Investigators are searching for two men who burglarized a Hwy. 124 business on July 2.
A deputy was dispatched to the Community Market in response to a glass breakage alarm. When the deputy arrived, he discovered the front door had been shattered with a large rock.
The store manager arrived a short time later and said two boxes of Black and Mild cigars and two boxes of Swisher Sweets cigars had been stolen. The thieves also took a gray money order machine.
Surveillance footage showed two black males enter the store. One of the males was wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts and black tennis shoes. The male’s face was partially covered with a red cloth. The second male was wearing a red shirt, red shorts and white tennis shoes with a white cloth wrapped around his face.
The video showed the second male take the money order machine and run towards the door. Before he reached the door, the suspect slipped on the broken glass and fell. The man then ran out of the store with the machine.
The male wearing the red shirt was shown on video carrying a white plastic bag. The male went behind the counter, grabbed the boxes of cigars and ran out of the store.
The video showed both men leaving in a vehicle of unknown make and model.
The case is under investigation.
Deer, neighbor’s children lead to complaint
A woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office after noticing several of her bushes had been damaged.
The woman said she believed someone had entered her yard and broken the tops off her bushes.
The deputy examined the bushes and asked the woman if she had seen any deer in the area. The woman said she had. The deputy advised that the damage appeared to have been caused by deer eating the foliage. The woman disagreed saying she did not think that was how the damage occurred.
The woman then complained that her neighbor’s children had come to her house asking if they could pet her dog. The woman said she told the two little girls that she did not want them petting her dog.
The report did not indicate if the woman believed the two girls, and not the deer, were responsible for her partially eaten bushes.
The woman was advised to call the Sheriff’s Office if the little girls returned.
Fireworks mistaken for burglars
A Chartwell Court resident called 911 after hearing what she thought was someone trying to break into her home.
The woman said she called 911 after hearing a loud banging on her back door.
The deputy checked the residence and found no one in the vicinity. While the deputy was at the home, the woman’s neighbors shot off some fireworks. The deputy noted that he and the homeowner could hear and feel the vibration of the fireworks on the back door.
Suspicious caller warns of foreclosure
A Hoschton man contacted authorities after receiving several suspicious calls regarding his home.
According to the homeowner, an unidentified man called several times saying the homeowner was in foreclosure and that his house would be auctioned on July 8.
The homeowner said he received the first call on June 22. When the homeowner advised that his home was not in foreclosure, the caller hung up.
On July 4, the homeowner received another call from the same man. The homeowner once again advised that his home was not in foreclosure and the caller hung up.
The homeowner provided two phone numbers used by the caller. The homeowner further said that the caller had a foreign accent.
The deputy advised the man to contact his mortgage company and not to provide the caller with any information regarding his finances.
Woman accuses brother of throwing dog in gully
A woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office after an incident between her, her brother and her dog.
The woman said she opened her front door to go outside and her dog escaped. The woman’s brother, who lives next door, was standing outside and the dog ran to him.
The woman said her brother then walked to the rear of his property and the dog followed. When the man returned to his house, the dog was not with him.
The woman said her brother threw her dog into a gully at the rear of her brother’s property. A short time later, the dog returned to the woman’s house.
The deputy informed the woman a report would be written to document the incident.
Graduate student falls for scam
A woman provided her address, date of birth, phone number and a copy of her passport to scam artist before realizing he was part of a fraudulent operation.
The woman said she is moving to London in the fall to attend graduate school. The woman visited a website, www.intolondon.co.uk, and began corresponding with a man identified as Athika Khalid.
The woman provided Khalid with her personal information so that he could assist her in locating a place to live while she completed her studies. The woman became suspicious when Khalid requested $2,000 to cover deposits and rent.
After doing a search on Google, the woman said she believes the company is fraudulent and fears she may be a victim of identity theft.
The woman requested a report be made so that she could obtain a new passport number.