The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
FRAUD: On Feb. 7, a deputy met with a Watkinsville couple who reported that a person called their home saying he was with Microsoft Tech Support. The couple said they had some issues with their computer that day, but they never called anyone for technical support.
The man had a thick foreign accent, so they asked to speak with someone who spoke English and the caller became angry and called their daughter by her name and alleged that their daughter was a prostitute.
The couple called their daughter, who said she was at work and had not been bothered that day by any callers. The couple is concerned someone may have hacked into their computer.
INDECENT MAN: On Feb. 9, a deputy was dispatched about 6:40 p.m. to Bradford Place, Bishop, where a man was seen standing at the end of his driveway in wearing Speedo-type underwear and touching himself.
The man walked to a neighbor’s house and the neighbor took a picture of him on her phone, which she showed the deputy.
The deputy spoke to the man and showed him the photo, but he explained that this was his workout attire. Dominic Louis Fernandez, 52, was charged with public indecency.
ENTERING AUTOS: On Feb. 10, deputies were dispatched to the Bogart area for a series of entering auto reports. Two residents of Hunter Trail reported their unlocked vehicles had been entered and various items stolen. Some of those items were later found scattered along Jessica Way.
Also, a car on Jessica Way was entered after the thief damaged the vehicle to gain entrance. A resident of Osceola Avenue, Bogart, also reported someone entered her unlocked car and stole a purse containing a driver’s license, check book and debit card.
LANDSCAPE DAMAGE: On Feb. 10, Deputy Mark Smith was dispatched to Creekside subdivision off Jimmy Daniel Road, where someone drove onto the grass and destroyed a bush to get around the security gate.
A member of the homeowners association found the damage and also reported that a Clarke County Sheriff’s deputy who lives in the subdivision followed the muddy tire tracks to a home on Blackstone Way.
The deputy located the suspect, who turned out to be a juvenile. The deputy spoke to the juvenile and his parents and they agreed to make restitution for the damage and have the juvenile make an apology to the homeowners association at its next meeting.
SHOPLIFTING: On Feb. 10, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart where store security had detained a woman trying to leave the store without paying for some panties. Cassandra Gresham, 23, of Sycamore Drive, Athens, was charged with shoplifting.
DISORDERLY MAN: On Feb. 10, Deputy Mark Smith was dispatched to Palm Beach Tan on Parkway Boulevard, where a customer called 911 to report a man was cursing at an employee while her children were present.
The suspect left the scene in a red Ford Mustang before the deputy arrived.
The woman said she had finished her tanning when she came out and saw the man swearing and pointing his finger at the employee, so she took her children outside and called 911. The employee explained the man came in and wanted his female friend to get a tan using his membership. When he was told this was not possible, he became irate and started swearing at her.
The employee said the business does not want to prosecute, but the customer said she wanted to swear out a warrant charging the man with disorderly conduct. The deputy explained how she could get this done.
SHOPLIFTING: On Feb. 10, Walmart store security stopped a man trying to leave the store without paying for lighter fluid, a soft drink and a CD. Alex Christopher Castillo, 26, of Chalfont Drive, Athens, was charged with shoplifting.
STOLEN GUN: On Feb. 10, a deputy met with an Athens-Clarke County policeman on Macon Highway at the county line. The officer had recovered a stolen pistol at a home in Stonehenge subdivision reported stolen in Oconee County.
The officer explained he has received conflicting stories on how the firearm came to be at the house. The deputy placed the gun in the evidence locker.
THEFT: On Feb. 11, a resident of Hunter Trail, Bogart, reported someone entered his vehicle and stole a brief case and a laptop computer.
THEFT: On Feb. 11, a resident of Jessica Way, Bogart, reported someone entered his vehicle and stole the keys.
BURGLARY: On Feb. 11, a deputy was dispatched to an apartment on Rankin Road, Watkinsville, where the resident said she came home about 9:40 p.m. and found the door forced open. The apartment had been ransacked with items pulled out of drawers and a suitcase. The woman said some Asics sneakers, valued at $80, and $800 cash were stolen.
BURGLARY: On Feb. 12, a deputy was dispatched to Hebron Church Road, Statham, where a man found a chair, air tank, hand saws and jumper cables in a ditch. The owner of the home came to the location and determined the items had been removed from a storage shed.
THEFT: On Feb. 12, a resident of Willow Ridge reported someone entered his unlocked pickup and stole an Apple iPad valued at $400.
THEFT: On Feb. 12, a resident of Millstone Run, Bogart, reported someone entered two vehicles parked at his home and stole several items.
THEFT: On Feb. 12, a resident of McNutt Crossing, Bogart, reported someone entered his Toyota pickup and stole a laptop computer. Another resident of the same street reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole heart and blood pressure medications.
BURGLARY: On Feb. 12, a resident of Daniel Court in Stonebridge subdivision reported someone entered her residence and stole a MacBook Air laptop computer valued at more than $1,500.
THEFT: On Feb. 12, a deputy was dispatched to the 2000 block of Atlanta Highway, Bogart, where a woman reported she heard glass shattering outside and upon looking she saw a person running away. The woman found a window shattered on her vehicle and a pack of cigarettes missing.
While investigating the crime, the deputies discovered that the victim, Charity Lee Franklin, had an active warrant out of Barrow County for failing to appear in court. She was taken into custody and deputies found a pouch in her bra that contained six pills of Carisoprodol and 24 pills of Xanax.