The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
SHOPLIFTING: On Oct. 16, a deputy was dispatched to Walmart, where a loss prevention officer detained a man who tried to leave without paying for $60 in merchandise. Scott Jamal Bell, 29, of Athens, was charged with shoplifting. On the same day, the loss prevention officer also detained a woman trying to leave with merchandise she did not scan at the self checkout. Graciana Solis Rivera, 35, of Jefferson, was charged with shoplifting.
BURGLARY: On Oct. 16, a deputy was dispatched to a home on McCarty Road, Watkinsville, where thieves made off with more than $5,200 worth of property. The homeowner returned from work to find a door open. The thieves took numerous items including computers, TVs, guns, golf clubs, jewelry, luggage and electronic equipment.
THEFT: On Oct. 16, Deputy Andy Corbin was dispatched to Crooked Creek Road, where a man reported the theft of a 9mm handgun and a .38-caliber handgun from his home sometime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
THEFT: On Oct. 16, Deputy James Wooster met with a 23-year-old man, who reported that he contacted a person on social media who promised to make money for the man. The man was persuaded to send $300 by Money Gram to a location in Chicago, Ill. The victim sent the money and now the person has blocked the victim from a social media site and will not answer his text messages and telephone calls.
ASSAULT: On Oct. 17, Deputy James Wooster was dispatched at 2:39 a.m. to Athens Ridge Apartments, where he found a 26-year-old Maysville man on the ground in a semi-conscious state. Morgan A. Welch told the officer that the Maysville man attacked him as he walked to his apartment. Welch was agitated and shouting as he spoke to the deputy. The deputy also found a fake ID on the ground with Welch’s photo and the name Alex Morgan and a birthday that made him over 21. Welch, 19, was arrested and charged with battery, possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of a false ID.
BURGLARY: On Oct. 17, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Stanley Avenue, Bogart, where $90,000 in cash was stolen, some from a safe and the rest from envelopes in the house. The thief also took three pistols. A teenager at the house said he left about 7 p.m. to go out with friends and returned at 9:30 p.m. to find someone entered the house. Drawers were found opened and clothing scattered about.
FRAUD: On Oct. 17, Sgt. Robert Elder was dispatched to Bernice Drive, Bogart, where a woman reported that someone illegally opened a credit card in her elderly mother’s name and also accessed her banking account without permission.
BURGLARY: On Oct. 18, a resident of Marshall Wilkes Road, Watkinsville, reported someone entered his shop and stole $1,440 worth of property, including a Mossburg shotgun, two chain saws and a socket set.
THEFT: On Oct. 19, Capt. Philip Gainey was dispatched to the parking lot of Lowe’s on Epps Bridge Parkway, where a 28-year-old Bogart man reported he went into the store for about 30 minutes and returned to find someone had entered his car and stole a GPS. The man left a window partially down. Officers are trying to identify a group of men seen parked nearby in a light green 1990s Ford Taurus.
MAN ARRESTED: On Oct. 19, a loss prevention officer at Walmart detained a man for trying to leave without paying for two boxes of teeth whitening strips. Colby Jacob Knight, 29, of Auburn, was charged with shoplifting.
WOMAN ARRESTED: On Oct. 20, Deputy Josh Elrod and Investigator Carter Brank went to a home on Timbermill Drive to serve a Madison County warrant on Caira Louise Jones for a probation violation on an original charge of aggravated assault. When officers arrived, they saw a 9mm pistol along with ammunition on a night stand. Jones, 23, of Danielsville, was not supposed to be around firearms while on probation, so she was charged additionally with being a convicted felon in possession of a gun. The gun, which she said belonged to her boyfriend, was seized.
BURGLARY: On Oct. 21, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Calls Creek Circle, where a 61-year-old woman reported someone entered her home and stole a ring valued at $2,000, along with a necklace, some bedding and tools. The theft occurred while the woman was out of town for a few days.
JEWELRY MISSING: On Oct. 21, a resident of Choyce Johnson Road reported the theft of three rings valued at $1,000. The 37-year-old woman said the rings were found at a pawn shop in Winder and she provided the deputy with the name of a possible suspect.