Barrow County police blotter

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:

TATTOOED SUSPECT: On Aug. 11, a deputy was dispatched to Barrow Commercial Tire on Loganville Highway, where a man reported the theft of two surveillance cameras. A video shows a red Ford F-150 pickup, possible from the years 1998 to 2002, and driven by a white man. The man is seen ripping the cameras off the building. The man has a skull and flame tattoo on his right forearm. The film was given to investigators.

RECOVERED PROPERTY: On Aug. 10, investigators recovered some items stolen from Smith’s Funeral Home at a home on Giles Road. Deputies had viewed a security video at the funeral home which showed a red pickup enter the property at 4:49 a.m. on June 23. A white man exited the truck and took several items from the side of the building. Investigators later located a truck similar to the one in the video on Giles Road, where a red water hose and hose reel were recovered. Investigators have identified a suspect.

RECOVERED CAR: On Aug. 4, an investigator went to a used car dealership and located a car that a man had reported stolen while in the parking lot of Walmart in Winder. The dealership said the man still owed money on the car. The complainant denied owing any money and showed the deputy a title to the car. The deputy told the business to return the car to the man and handle the matter in civil court.

ASSAULT: On Aug. 18, a deputy was dispatched to a home in Winder, where a man said he and his neighbor engaged in a verbal dispute. The man explained he was trying to negotiate a grass cutting job with a resident, when a third man came over and told the resident not to deal with him because he has a criminal record. This caused an argument and the third man raised his shirt and showed a pistol tucked in his waistband. The gun was never pulled, but the complainant was upset and wanted the man arrested. The deputy spoke to the suspect, who denied having a gun on him during the dispute, although he does carry a gun on weekends.

PROWLERS: On Aug. 17, a deputy was dispatched to Hickeria Way, Winder, for a possible burglary. A man reported that his sister was on the back porch when their dog began barking and she saw two white men. When they saw her, they took off running. The woman’s father went looking for the pair, but was unable to locate them in the woods where they ran.

ARRESTS MADE: On Aug. 17, a deputy went to Holliday Drive for a report of people trespassing at an abandoned house. When the officer arrived, a man inside the house locked the door. The SWAT team was called because the people inside were refusing to come out. Several loud commands were made, but they still refused to come out. Officers also learned that people with outstanding warrants were hiding inside the house. The SWAT team was then deployed and entered the house, where they arrested three people. Jordie Hayes, 29, of Winder, was charged with obstruction and was wanted for a parole violation; John R. Atha Jr., 33, of Gainesville, was wanted on outstanding warrants from Hall, Gwinett and Franklin counties; and Robert C. Martin, 55, of Winder, was charged with obstruction.

PICKUP STOLEN: On Aug. 15, a deputy was dispatched to Pleasant Hill Church Road, Winder, where a man reported the theft of his green 2001 Ford F-150 pickup. The pickup had several pieces of equipment in the bed, including two chain saws and tree climbing gear, all valued at $1,600. A possible suspect has been identified.

HARASSMENT: On Aug. 14, a deputy met with an employee of the Georgia Club, who explained he had to fire an employee due to an issue that occurred in the parking lot. After the man was fired, the former employee began calling and sending texts that were derogatory in nature. The deputy called the offender and left him a note to contact the sheriff’s office.

THEFT: On Aug. 11, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Muirfield Drive, Auburn, where a man reported someone entered the bed of his Dodge pickup and stole $1,272 worth of tools.