The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
THEFT SUSPECT: On Aug. 23, a deputy was dispatched to Crossroads Consignment Shop on Macon Highway, Bishop, where a man reported someone entered his enclosed motorcycle trailer and stole a large electric boat and a wave control board.
A deputy also went to the Frosted Lion on Macon Highway, Bishop, in regard to a theft in which a man and two juveniles were believed to have been involved.
The owner of the shop was able describe the individuals and give a tag number for their vehicle. The deputy also received information that the individuals had been at Publix at Butler’s Crossing and were cashing in coins.
The deputy later spotted the vehicle with the suspects traveling on U.S. Highway 441 toward Bishop where he made a stop. He made contact with Allen Michael Dyer, who initially gave a false name. Dyer consented to a search and gave the officer multiple small bags of suspected marijuana. He was arrested on the drug charges.
Dyer was also wanted on a Forsyth County burglary warrant.
Dyer gave consent to search of his residence on Cemetery Road in Bishop. The search led to the discovery of items taken in several burglaries and thefts. The wave board taken at the consignment shop was located at the house, but not the boat.
Also, items from a burglary that took place in the Townside subdivision earlier in the day were recovered. The owner of that residence had not yet discovered the burglary.
Taken in that burglary was a collection of state quarters. They were recovered from the coin machine at Publix with the assistance of Publix management.
Other items found were a compound bow, a Dell laptop, a cellphone and an iPod speaker.
Oconee County Sheriff’s Office investigators are continuing the investigation.
SHOPLIFTING: On Aug. 23, a deputy was dispatched to Lowe’s on Epps Bridge Parkway, where security personnel had detained Stephanie Eberhart, 41, of Head Street in Athens, on a charge of shoplifting about $136 in merchandise.
SHOPLIFTING: On Aug. 23, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart, where a woman was detained after security personnel saw her placing clothing in her purse, then trying to leave the store. She began struggling with security after she was confronted and hit the employee in the face.
Atanya Lareca Howard, 21, of Scandia Circle in Athens, was charged with shoplifting and simple battery.
DUI: On Aug. 23, Deputy Brad Williams was patrolling on Mars Hill Road near the Oconee Connector about 5:45 p.m. when he saw a minivan go off the shoulder of the road, then swerve back into the roadway and almost hit a motorcyclist.
Williams began a pursuit and the van picked up speed and went out of sight. The deputy caught up to the van, but it still refused to stop as it crossed the center line several times and almost hit a roadside sign on Julian Drive.
As the van approached Georgia Highway 316 on a day of heavy traffic, the deputy went in front of the van and forced it to stop. The deputy could tell the driver was highly intoxicated, as he could barely speak and was sweating heavily. The deputy’s dog also alerted on the van, where some marijuana and hashish was found.
Benjamin A. Campbell, 31, of Dials Mill Extension, Statham, was charged with DUI, driving while his license was suspended for a previous DUI conviction, attempting to elude and possession of marijuana and hashish.
THEFT: On Aug. 24, Deputy Mark Smith was dispatched to a home on Laurel Place in Tanglebrook subdivision, where a man said someone stole $15,430 worth of silver flatware, a diamond ring valued at $2,100 and diamond earrings valued at $400.
The man reported that the suspect is part of a cleaning team that has been in his home for several months. The suspect was last in the home on July 27.
Also, a resident of Ramser Drive, Bogart, reported Aug. 24 the theft of a diamond pendant valued at $1,350 from his home, also by a housekeeper.
DUI: On Aug. 24, Deputy Mark Smith was dispatched about 1 p.m. to Walmart, where a man was being questioned by security personnel. The deputy noticed that the man was slow to answer questions and his eyes were bloodshot. The man was allowed to leave and the deputy saw the man walking in an unbalanced manner in the parking lot.
When Smith saw the man driving away in a car, he made a traffic stop. The man told the deputy he had taken Xanax earlier in the day. Christopher Gay, 23, of Canton, was charged with DUI.
COUPLE CHARGED: On Aug. 25, a deputy was dispatched to a disturbance at a home on the 8000 block of Hog Mountain Road, where a witness reported hearing a woman screaming and a man holding her down.
When he deputy arrived he found the woman with blood on her shoulder, hair, legs and feet, along with bruises on her arm. Her nose was swollen.
The deputy also found a broken TV inside the house. After an investigation, Curtis Smith, 45, and Sharon Smith, 37, were both charged with simple battery.
PROBLEM TEXT: On Aug. 25, a deputy met with a Bishop man, who reported receiving a text and an image that was sexual in nature. The man did not recognize the number of the person sending the texts.
SHOPLIFTING: On Aug. 25, a deputy was dispatched to Lowe’s on Epps Bridge Parkway, where a suspect was in custody after he was seen concealing several items, mostly plumbing supplies, then began fighting with a store employee after he was confronted. The employee had a cut lip and knee wounds due to the scuffle.
Timothy M. Rowland, 25, of Faye Carey Road, Danielsville, was charged with shoplifting and battery.
SHOPLIFTING: On Aug. 26, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart, where store security tried to apprehend a woman shoplifting clothing after confronting her outside the store.
The woman managed to escape in a black pickup.
FRAUD: On Aug. 27, a resident of Glenwood Lane, Bogart, reported that a credit card company notified him that someone tried to start a credit card by using his Social Security number, but the card was denied.
FRAUD: On Aug. 27, a deputy met with a resident of Stonebridge Court, Watkinsville, who said that on two occasions a person with a foreign accent has called her wanting to gain permission to have access to her computer. She refuses the requests.
SHOPLIFTING: On Aug. 28, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart, where a man was detained after trying to leave the store with $26 in merchandise including some Earl Grey tea, fabric detergent, clippers and a “Sherlock Holmes” DVD.
Derek Kyle Olivera, 23, of Nacoochee Avenue, Athens, was charged with shoplifting.