Barrow County police blotter

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

STEAK THIEF: On Oct. 8, a deputy was dispatched to Publix on Loganville Highway, Winder, where a man shoplifted four ribeye steaks. An employee approached the thief as he was leaving, but a dark SUV drove up. The man got inside and it drove off. The steaks were valued at $88.

DAMAGE TO PATROL CAR: On Oct. 7, a deputy responded to a location on Atlanta Highway, Winder, to assist another deputy who had arrested Rod Tyler Thomas, who was wanted on warrants from Oconee County. Thomas had attempted to escape, but was handcuffed during a struggle. Thomas was placed in the backseat of a Ford Crown Victoria patrol car, at which time he began kicking the window causing the frame to come loose from the door. Thomas was removed from the car and placed in belly chains and leg shackles. Thomas, who resided on Thurmond Road, Statham, was charged with interference with government property, damage to property and obstruction.

GUN STOLEN: On Oct. 7, a deputy was dispatched to meet with a resident of West Athens Street, who said someone stole a Smith & Wesson .357-caliber pistol from a dresser in his bedroom. The man said he knew the gun was there two months ago and when he went to get it, the gun was gone.

GRILL STOLEN: On Oct. 5, a deputy was dispatched to Bowling Lane, where a woman said she came home and found someone had stole her grill, which was a gift.

ENTERING AUTO: On Oct. 6, a deputy met with a man at Walmart on Atlanta Highway, who reported that while he was inside the store someone entered his van and stole a Galaxy 2 cellphone and a Samsung cellphone, both valued at $750, along with a prepaid debit card with a balance of $150.

MAN ASSAULTED: On Oct. 11, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Presley Road, Winder, where a man reported he was hit in the jaw by an unknown man who came to his home inquiring about a laptop. The man declined immediate medical help and said he wanted to press charges if the suspect can be identified.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 11, a deputy was dispatched to Jefferson Highway, where a 71-year-old man reported he came home to find a back door forced open. The victim found where someone went through the house pulling out drawers in all bedrooms, but the man couldn’t tell if anything was missing. He estimated damage to the door at $100.

MAN ROBBED: On Oct. 10, a deputy was dispatched to Bethlehem, where a man explained a friend was cutting his hair when a woman called and said she had a cellphone for sale. The man said he wanted to buy the phone, so he met with two heavy-set black women and a white woman at the Dollar General in Bethlehem. The man said he walked up to their red colored car and gave the driver $70, but she drove off with the money and the phone. The man said he followed the car onto Monroe Highway and made them stop at the Punkin Junction intersection. He approached the car again and the driver pulled out a revolver, so he backed away. The women left, but he called his friend, who had been cutting his hair, and the friend said the women were going to call the police on him. The victim said he didn’t want to press charges, but he didn’t want to get in any trouble himself.

ENTERING AUTO: On Oct. 10, a deputy was dispatched to Briscoe Mill Road, where a woman reported someone entered her vehicle by shattering a passenger side window and stole a car stereo, valued at $400. Damage to the car was estimated at $300.

FIGHT: On Oct. 10, a deputy was dispatched at 1:40 a.m. to Creekwood Road, where a fight was reported. When he arrived, the deputy saw one man on the front porch and another man sitting inside an SUV with a shattered windshield.  The car passenger, who was bleeding from his nose and eye, was ordered to stay put until a medical unit arrived. The deputy then placed the other man in custody and while doing so, he observed the other man get out of the SUV and try to hide under the porch. The deputy ordered him out and he finally came. A woman at the scene said the two men arrived at her house wanting to fight her husband and during a shoving match, someone called 911. After an investigation, deputies charged Alonzo Rodriquez with trespassing, affray and public intoxication, while Juilo Cesar Verdugo, Gustavo Verdugo and Valentin Verdugomejia were all charged with affray. They all resided at the location.

BURGLARY: On Oct. 1, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Winston Manor Way, Winder, where a man reported he saw an open door on his neighbor’s house. The man called 911 and a deputy responded and found no one inside. The deputy saw drawers pulled out and determined the door had been kicked in. Various pieces of jewelry were stolen totalling more than $6,000. Damage to the door was estimated at $1,000.

FRAUD AVERTED: On Oct. 2, a Winder man reported he received a telephone call from someone leaving a voice message that he owed the IRS money and he had a certain amount of time to pay or he would be arrested. The man said he called the number and a man with a foreign voice answered. The Winder man said this was odd, because you can’t call a government office without being placed on hold. The foreign man said he owed the IRS money, but the Winder man said he was calling police. The unknown man ordered him not to call police or would he would be arrested. The man said he hung up and did not provide any personal information to the scam artist.