Crime Report: Two Burglaries on Choyce Johnson Road

The following information was gathered from Oconee County Sheriff's Office reports and highlights incidents reported July 23 - 28.

 On July 26 around 2 p.m., a deputy was called to a home in the 1400 block of Choyce Johnson Road.  The homeowner had arrived at the residence and found a side door was open.  The deputy determined the door had been forcibly opened. A laptop computer and a revolver, collectively valued at $800, had been taken.

While the deputy was at the scene of the first reported burglary, he was called to another home in the 1400 block of Choyce Johnson Road where a neighbor noticed an open front door. The front window beside the door had been shattered. Two televisions and a laptop had been taken and the residence was ransacked, according to the report. The value of the missing items is $1,100.


The following is a summary of other incidents reported July 23-28:

Golf equipment stolen: On July 29, a resident of the 1100 block of Hammond Creek Trail reported someone had taken golf equipment, ski glass and chewing tobacco from his 2009 GMC Yukon.  The theft occurred sometime between 6 p.m. on July 19 and 7:30 a.m. on July 20 and there were no signs of forced entry, though the man said he usually locks the truck. The man said he didn't report the theft right away because he was out of town.

A 55-year-old resident of Pinewood Estates South mobile home park is accused of stabbing an acquaintance on July 28, 2012.

Garage entered: On July 28, a resident of the 1200 block of Brittain Estates Drive told deputies sometime over the last few weeks someone entered her garage and removed a tool box and yard tools. There were no signs of forced entry. 

Lawn mower taken: Sometime between 9 p.m. on July 27 and 10:30 a.m. on July 28, someone stole a red Toro Z4200 Zero Turning Radius lawnmower valued at $2,967.  It had been stored in a carport on the property located in the 2500 block of Antioch Church Road.

Window shattered, laptop taken: Sometime between 9 p.m. on July 26 and 7 a.m. on July 27, someone shattered the window of a 2003 Jeep Liberty  parked at a 1000 block address on Diamond Way. A laptop that had been inside of a bag on the rear passenger's seat was taken.

Laptop bag, cash taken: A resident of a 1000 Garnet Trail address reported someone shattered the rear driver's side window of his 2011 Ford F250 and removed a black laptop bag.  The bag didn't contain a computer; however, it did contain $850 cash.  It happened sometime between 9 p.m. on July 26 and 8 a.m. on July 27.

Shoplifting arrest: A Watkinsville man was taken into custody at on July 27 after employees reported the man opened several items, concealed them and left the store.

Garage Entered: Someone entered a garage in the 1000 block of Garnet Trail sometime between 7:30 p.m. on July 26 and 8:49 p.m. on July 27 and entered two automobiles.  An external hard drive, credit card and a GPS unit were taken.  The credit card had been used.

Pathfinder's window shattered: Sometime between noon on July 25 and 11 a.m. on July 26, the window of a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder parked at a 1300 block Julian Drive address had a hole knocked into it, shattering the glass. Nothing was reported missing.

Money missing from freezer: A resident of McNutt Creek Road reported having placed a $100 bill in a freezer located outside of his residence on July 26 around 8 a.m. When the man's daughter-in-law stopped by to pick up the money about three hours later, it was gone.

Makeup stolen: Two teenage girls were arrested on July 26 after Wal-mart loss prevention personnel told deputies the girls had stuffed $64 worth of makeup into their purses and attempted to leave without paying.  

Attempt to remove dog kennel: Around 7 p.m. on July 26, a neighbor reported seeing a pickup truck she didn't recognize on a New High Shoals Road property.  Deputies arrived and found lawn maintenance equipment and a 12X8 chain link dog kennel on a trailer attached to the pickup.  The man told deputies the previous tenant gave him permission to take the kennel.  But the landlord told deputies any property left by the former tenant was to belong to the landlord, per an agreement.  The former tenant confirmed the agreement and the man was arrested and charged with theft by taking.

Cement spill: A resident of Knob Creek Drive reported someone stopped in front of his house around 2:30 p.m. on July 26 and cleaned out the rear of a cement truck, allowing the contents to spill onto the sod.  The man was concerned the liquid would run off into a nearby stream and pose and environmental threat.

Report of a shot fired: Deputies were called to a 1000 block Kings Mill Run address around 9:45 p.m. on July 26 in response to a possible fight.  The victim's aunt said a group of girls came into the yard and threatened her niece.  She said one of the girls had a Taser, and the group left when they learned the police had been called.  As they were leaving, the victim's aunt said one of the occupants of the vehicle fired a shot from an unknown weapon.

Tiller taken: On July 25 around 3:30 p.m., two men reportedly loaded a Husqvarna tiller, valued at $800, onto the bed of a pickup truck and left the Lowe's parking lot without paying.  Video surveillance footage was turned over to investigators.

False imprisonment charge: According to Chief Deputy Lee Weems, on July 25 around 1:30 p.m., a family at a nearby swimming pool heard a woman screaming, called 911 and drove around the neighborhood to try to pinpoint from which house the screams were coming.

Deputies arrived at the home in the 1000 block of Pine Hill Circle and also heard screams, so they kicked open a back door, Weems said.  Inside, a woman told deputies her boyfriend wouldn't allow her to leave the house.

The boyfriend admitted to having a verbal argument with his girlfriend, but denied keeping her from leaving the house, the incident report noted.  But deputies charged Jamal Malachi Scott, 18, of Watkinsville, with false imprisonment.  He was later released on a $2,500 bond.

Shopping cart wheeled out of store: An Atlanta man is accused of filling a Lowe's shopping cart full of electrical supplies worth $938 and attempting to push the cart out of the store without paying.  He was arrested on July 25.

T-shirts taken: Sometime between 11 p.m. on July 25 and 4:30 a.m. on July 26, someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked at a residence in the 1100 block of Brittain Estates Drive.  Six red and white T-shirts and a pair of sunglasses were removed.

Firecracker pop leads to arrest of Watkinsville man - (On the Athens Banner-Herald.)

Attempt to pry open window: A resident of the 1100 block of Pine Hill Circle reported on July 24 someone tried to pry open a kitchen window screen sometime between 11:18 and 11:56 a.m.  The screen was damaged in two places. 

Woman fills diaper bag: On July 24, loss prevention personnel told deputies they caught a 28-year-old Athens woman stuffing a diaper bag from off of the shelf with $115 worth of merchandise.  They said she tried to leave the store without paying.  The woman was arrested.

Jeep top slashed: Someone slashed the soft top rear driver's side window of a Jeep parked at a home in the 1300 block of Dials Plantation sometime between midnight and 5:15 a.m. on July 23. Nothing was missing and about two dollars worth of quarters in the center console was left untouched.

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