Items stolen in recent burglaries were found at a residence in Bishop when a man was arrested in connection with the crimes.
A Bishop area shop owner contacted police on Aug. 23 in regards to an individual that was believed to be shoplifting. The store owner was able to provide officers with a description of the suspects and a tag number for a vehicle. Officers also received additional information that the suspects had been in the Publix at Bulter’s Crossing cashing in coins. The vehicle involved in the incident was located and stopped on Highway 441. Officers on the scene conducted a search and found multiple small bags of suspected marijuana. Originally the suspect, later identified as Allen Michael Dyer, 18 of Cemetery Road in Bishop, gave a false name however a search of his person revealed his identity and police found that he had an active burglary warrant out in Forsyth County.
Dyer agreed to a search of his residence on Cemetery Road where officers found items taken in various burglaries and thefts including items reported missing in a burglary that had occurred in Townside subdivision on the same day. A stolen collection of state quarters was also recovered from the coin machine at the Publix store.
According to Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry, Dyer has been charged with burglary in the first degree, burglary in the third degree, theft by shoplifting, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and giving a false name and date of birth to law enforcement.