Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — March 20–26

The following arrests were made by local law enforcement during the past week. Those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, March 20 - Monday, March 26

Terrell D. Lofton, 31, of Cobbleston Boulevard, Fayetteville, for probation/parole violation.

Janet S. Loyd, 50, of Tyrone Road, Fayetteville, for speeding, seatbelt violation, DUI drugs, following too close and expired/no license plate/decal.
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PTC police use cart-path checkpoints, crackdown on underage drivers

Officers from the Peachtree City Police Department operated a cart path safety checkpoint Wednesday afternoon on the path behind the Concord Village Apartments. They were on the lookout for stolen golf carts and underage cart drivers, among other infractions. Photo/John Munford.

Some path users were caught by surprise Wednesday afternoon when the Peachtree City Police Department operated a golf cart safety checkpoint on the path behind the Concord Village Apartments in the Braelinn Village area.

Dog walkers, cyclists and other pedestrians were allowed to pass through. But all golf carts had to stop briefly so the officers could verify the cart was being operated by the correct owner. Read More»

PTC apartment burglary sparks chase

Suspects escaped on foot; $2,500 reward offered

An apartment burglary in Peachtree City late Friday morning set off a police chase that ran through Tyrone and south Fulton County.

A Tyrone police officer tried to pull over a black Buick Lucerne with a U.S. Army auto tag that had fled the scene, but the driver refused to stop and continued on Ga. Highway 74 into Fairburn, onto Interstate 85 and then Ga. Highway 138 in Union City. Read More»

Deputies hunt burglary suspects in S. Fulton

Fayette County sheriff's deputies are hunting two burglary suspects who sped away from a deputy who tried to stop them in Tyrone.

The pursuit led the deputy and other law enforcement through Tyrone and south Fulton County a few minutes ago. The suspects ditched their vehicle on Spicewood Court near Love T. Nolan elementary school in College Park and deputies are on foot trying to locate the suspects, with the Hawk 1 helicopter in the air above and K-9 tracking teams on their way to the scene.

It is believed the suspects may be armed with firearms stolen during the burglary. Read More»

Local man arrested for selling counterfeit money

A Fayetteville man has been arrested for selling more than $27,000 in counterfeit money to undercover sheriff’s deputies, officials said.

Xavier Cuellar, 41, of 105 Robin Court was charged with multiple counts of forgery in the first degree and identity fraud, according to sheriff’s investigators.

Cuellar sold the counterfeit bills to undercover agents over a three-month period, investigators said. Read More»

Jury acquits Fayette man on molestation charge

UPDATED Thursday at 12:15 p.m.

A jury has acquitted a south Fayette man on charges that he molested his daughter between February 2008 and May 2009

Daniel Joel Reid, 37, was found not guilty of child molestation, incest and rape. He has maintained his innocence, and his attorney claimed that the incidents were fabricated, pointing to the language that the victim used during her first forensic interview. Read More»

Thefts up 26% in F’ville

Thefts are a growing problem in Fayetteville, bumping reports of major crimes in the city by 15 percent during 2011, according to Fayetteville Police Chief Steve Heaton.

Part I crimes are more serious and include murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Part I crimes for 2011 totaled 519, a 15 percent increase from 2010. Read More»

F’ville among Ga.’s safer cities

FBI: F’ville violent crimes rank in bottom 3rd

When it comes to violent crimes and property crimes Fayetteville scores in the bottom — safest — one-third of Georgia cities with populations of 10,000-20,000, according to FBI figures. Read More»

PTC man puts .38 hole in burglars’ getaway pickup; 2 women arrested

After spotting a burglar inside his house Friday morning, Peachtree City resident Fred Benson gave chase and fired two shots at the getaway truck as it backed down his driveway, according to a Peachtree City police report of the incident.

One of the shots Benson squeezed off from his Colt .38 revolver struck the bumper, and the other struck the grill and radiator of the 1999 Ford F150 just before it sped out of the Kedron Hills neighborhood, police said. Police believe one of the shots pierced the radiator, ultimately disabling the vehicle minutes later.

Within minutes of the incident, officers found the vehicle in Tyrone and arrested the two occupants, both of whom were women who live in Stone Mountain. Read More»

Man mugged inside F’ville Home Depot, iPhone snatched

For the victim who had his iPhone grabbed off his belt Sunday inside the Home Depot in Fayetteville, it is a cautionary tale. The man was with his young daughters when someone came up behind him, snatched his phone and fled the area.

The incident occurred in the early afternoon hours Sunday when the victim was approached from behind by a man that slammed into him and grabbed the iPhone from his belt, said Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow. The blow was sufficiently hard that it nearly knocked the thief onto the ground, Whitlow said. Read More»

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