Barrow County police blotter

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

HIT AND RUN: On Sept. 19, a deputy was dispatched at 11:47 p.m. to Georgia Highway 316 near the Georgia Highway 53 intersection, where a man reported he was stopped at a red light when he was rear ended by another vehicle. The man said he tried to get the other vehicle to stop, but it fled the scene. The vehicle is a white or silver Jeep Wrangler.

BURGLARY: On Sept. 19, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Tom Miller Road, where a man reported someone tried to enter his home by forcing an air conditioner from the window. The person was unsuccessful, but the thief knocked out a window pane, reached inside and stole a string of Christmas lights valued at $10.

STOLEN GUN: On Sept. 18, a deputy was dispatched to Mulberry Homes on Jefferson Highway, where someone reported gunshots being fired. The deputy met with several people and he was told that someone had shot off fireworks. The deputy asked if anyone had a gun and one man said he did. He allowed the deputy to examine his gun and the deputy determined it had not been recently fired. However, when checking its serial number, he found the .380-caliber pistol was reported stolen in Jackson County on Aug. 25, 2011. The man said he purchased the pistol from a man at the Pendergrass Flea Market about two years ago. The deputy took possession of the firearm.

THUNDERBIRD PURSUIT: On Sept. 18, a deputy was patrolling on Carl Bethlehem Road when he saw a Ford Thunderbird almost cause another car to run off the road. The deputy turned on his blue lights and the Thunderbird drove around the back of a home, then crossed the yards of four other homes before going back onto the road. The car fled to Loganville Highway, where it turned around in the parking lot of PetSmart, then back onto Carl Bethlehem Road. The pursuit reached speeds of 83 mph and the car began passing other vehicles on curves and finally drove into a yard on Harvey Lokey Road and stopped in a yard. A man and woman exited and made their escape. The deputy located food in the car along with a receipt from the Publix in Bethlehem. The deputy was able to obtain video footage of one suspect purchasing the food in the store. The tag on the Thunderbird returned to a Chevrolet pickup registered to a Statham resident.