The following information was supplied by the Watkinsville, Ga. police department. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Watkinsville police on Dec. 19 charged a 27-year-old Alto woman with theft by deception, Police Chief Lee O'Dillon reported. The arrest warrant alleges that the woman sold several pieces of artwork to a downtown Watkinsville business. The artwork had been reported stolen several days earlier from a residence in Athens, O'Dillon said. Megan Gail Fowler was picked up from the Athens-Clarke County Jail and booked into the Oconee County Jail, he stated in a news release. She was released the following day on a $500 bond. O'Dillon also noted the following incidents: Watkinsville police responded to a total of 31 calls within city limits between Dec. 17- 23, 2012. Find Oconee Patch's crime reporting policies here. Don’t miss any Oconee news. …
The scam took place Monday in the parking lot of Home Depot on Epps Bridge Road, according to an incident report at the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.
The packaging appeared to be new, but a man quickly found out the box containing what he thought was a home theater system he'd purchased from another man in the Home Depot parking lot contained something unexpected: rocks. According to an incident report at the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, the victim was offered the equipment around 3:30 in the afternoon, and he withdrew $800 from his bank account to pay for it. When he got home, however, he realized not all of the equipment was functioning; rocks were glued inside some of the items to mimic the weight of real equipment. The Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook the following warning about the scam: If someone approaches you in a parking lot offering you a could deal on electronics, be …