Crime

PTC thieves target unlocked vehicles

Police also eye rash of golf cart thefts near McIntosh

Auto burglars got away with GPS units, loose change and other small electronics from parked vehicles in the Glenloch Village and eastern Lake Peachtree neighborhoods late last week, police said.

The incidents, reported on Thursday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 19, involved vehicles that had been left unlocked, a violation of one of the cardinal rules of crime prevention: don’t make oneself an easy target. Read More»

2 arrested in F’ville for air conditioning thefts

Fayetteville Police put a dent in the theft of air conditioners Aug. 19 with the arrest of two men involved in the theft of numerous stolen units.

Vernon Nelson, 48, of Atlanta and Ronald Hood, 30, of East Point, were each charged with four counts of theft by taking, according to department spokesman Steve Crawshaw.

Crawshaw said officers on Aug. 19 were conducting surveillance throughout the city when they observed a car drop someone off in the area of Braxton Court and the Magnolia Business Center. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — Aug. 9–15

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, Aug. 9 - Monday, Aug. 15

Jeraldaka J. Head, 32, of Abner Terrace, Atlanta, for wanted person.

Long D. Hoang, Jr., 24, of Laurel Ridge Way, East Point, for less than an ounce of marijuana.

Richard J. Kachman, 38, of Cedar Trail, Jonesboro, for pedestrian under the influence. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — Aug. 2 – Aug. 8

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, Aug. 2 - Monday, Aug. 8

Michele T. Graham, 38, of Township Terrace, McDonough, for bench warrant.

Eric P. Greer, 42, of Timberlake Township, Riverdale, for bench warrant.

Christopher A. Hibbert, 22, of Cameron Landing Drive, Stockbridge, for deposit account fraud. Read More»

Drug overdoses suspected in 2 deaths in PTC Tuesday

UPDATED 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 — Two young men found unresponsive at an Ardenlee subdivision home Tuesday morning may have died from drug overdoses, according to a Peachtree City Police news release Wednesday afternoon.

No foul play was involved in the deaths, according to Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark.

Police later Tuesday arrested five other people for misdemeanor marijuana violations Read More»

Fayette drivers seeing rash of catalytic converter thefts

18 vehicles stripped of underbody units for precious metals inside

The month of July saw a spike in the thefts of catalytic converters with 12 removed from vehicles in the unincorporated areas of Fayette County and another six thefts in Fayetteville. One of the thefts occurred while the victim was shopping in a grocery store.

Peachtree City figures were not available.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brent Rowan said the spike in catalytic converter thefts during July resulted in the theft of 12 of the devices from six locations. Read More»

PTC man charged with child molestation

A Peachtree City man was arrested Aug. 5 on charges of child molestation and sexual battery. The man is being held without bond and is potentially subject to deportation.

Alexander DeLeon-Escobar, 22, was arrested Aug. 5 at the conclusion of an investigation into allegations of child molestation, according to Peachtree City police spokeswoman Rosanna Dove.

“The investigation revealed that during the past two years, DeLeon-Escobar was residing with a family in Peachtree City and committed the offenses of child molestation and sexual battery,” Dove said.  Read More»

Burglars hit F'ville Toys R Us

Fayetteville Police are searching for at least two suspects responsible for the Aug. 4 burglary of the Toys R US store at the Fayette Pavilion in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Police spokesman Mike Whitlow said officers received an alarm call from the business Thursday at 11:40 p.m. Officers arrived to find that access to the store had been made through an emergency access door on the side of the building, Whitlow said. Read More»

Business goes proactive after copper theft

Copper thefts are not uncommon anywhere these days. But the weekend theft of copper-laden cooling components at Score Indoor Sports off Ga. Highway 74 in Fairburn came with a word of advice from the company that might help prevent similar thefts at other businesses.

The theft occurred between 6:30 p.m. on July 31 and 8 a.m. the following day, said Score Indoor General Manager Ian Vanderkley. Landscapers arriving at the site on Oakley Industrial Boulevard Monday morning found that some of the piping and cooling coils from the large cooling units had been removed. Read More»

Man arrested in PTC Walmart with portable meth lab in backpack

A Newnan man was arrested at the Peachtree City Walmart Aug. 2 on charges of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine after his suspicious behavior resulted in a call to officers and the discovery of items used to manufacture the drug. Read More»