Man Accused of Breaking Into Bogart Home Will Also Face Theft Charge in Oconee County
Authorities say they have evidence that a 19-year-old Bogart man snatched a boy's dirt bike from outside of a Malcom Bridge Road home earlier this month.
A 19-year-old resident of Stonehenge Place that was wanted in connection with the burglary of an occupied home on Luke Road in Bogart last Wednesday is behind bars in Athens-Clarke County.
Demarcus Veron Ellison was booked into the jail early Monday, according to jail records.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports Ellison has been in trouble with the law before and was on probation at the time he's accused of kicking in the door of a disabled veteran.
Bond has been set at $5,000 for the burglary charge but the Oconee County Sheriff's Office has placed a hold on Ellison for theft of a dirt bike.
According to Oconee County Investigator Dave Stauffacher, Athens-Clarke County investigators issued a search warrant on Ellison's cell phone and found timestamped photos of a dirt bike that was taken from outside of a home on Malcom Bridge Road on Jan 5.
Police also found text messages that indicated Ellison made several attempts to sell it, he said.
The dirt bike hasn't been recovered, but investigators continue to pursue leads, he said.
The father of the boy whose bike was stolen placed an ad that appeared in both the Oconee Leader and The Oconee Enterprise newspapers offering a $2,000 reward "for the conviction of the lazy, sorry, selfish, lowlife, inconsiderate poor soul or souls who took [the boy's] bike."
Stauffacher said he's informed the family about the latest development in the case.