Sheriff’s Office investigating rash of burglaries

Larry Stanford Editor

January 10, 2014

Christmas is the time for giving, but for some people, that means giving themselves gifts by stealing them from others. The Upson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating nine cases of burglary or theft from homeowners that occurred between December 22, 2013 and January 2, 2014.

On Dec. 22, Sgt. Robert Barfield arrived at 255 Potato Creek Road in response to a theft. The owner, Tommie Jay Carraway, stated that sometime between Dec. 20 and Dec. 22, someone stole items from his home and barn. Taken from the house was an Xbox 360 game station valued at $200, 20 Xbox games in an Xbox game case valued at $1,200, and a Turtle Back wireless head set valued at $200. Taken from the barn was a tap and die set valued at $30 and a metal diamond plate tool box valued at $200.

Also on Dec. 22, Dep. James Hollis was dispatched to 188 Green Forest Road in reference to a theft, and met with Alan and Susan Mars. Mr. Mars said he has been living in Illinois for the last six months, but his wife and children have been living in Thomaston. He said when he arrived home, he noticed his handgun, Panasonic Camcorder, air hammer with case, and his wife’s black pearl earrings missing. He said the last time the items had been seen was June 2013. He estimated the total value as $750.

Dep. Derric Pearson also handled a theft call on Dec. 22 at 36 Odom Road. The victim, Michael Lowell Bailey, said he returned home shortly after midnight and found missing a Dell Precision M6600 laptop computer, Sony TV, and several hard drives, a total valute of $8,900.

On Dec. 25, Deputy James Roscoe arrived at 547 Cobbtown Road in reference to a theft. The victim, Casey Dewitt, said his wife woke him up at 5:30 a.m. advising she saw headlights and someone in their yard. Dewitt said he went outside, but didn’t see anyone. When he went back out later that morning, he found some things taken from his garage. Stolen was a Craftsman 150 psi six gallon air compressor and a three-drawer Craftsman tool box full of hand tools.

On Dec. 27, Deputy Justin Hammock was dispatched to 2862 Barnesville Highway in reference to a burglary. The homeowner, Earl Carroll II, said that between 11:30 a.m. when he and his wife left the house, and 3:30 p.m., when they arrived home, someone had come in and taken all three of his Charter cable boxes from his televisions in the living room, dining room and bedroom. They also took his Charter telephone box and internet modem. His wife said she was missing a gold ring with a solitaire diamond valued at $1,000.

On Dec. 31, Dep. Roscoe was dispatched to 811 West Moores Crossing in reference to a theft. The victim, Anthony South, said his OD green Arctic Cat 650 four-wheeler was missing from his barn. South said the four-wheeler had a basket on the front with ear tags for cattle and his cattle log book.

Dep. Timothy Salter met with Lane McLean, the owner of the property at 2471 Barnesville Highway, on January 2, 2014. Ms. McLean said she was pulling out of her driveway on the way to work when she noticed the roll up door on the shop building behind her house was up. She found a Campbell Hausfield portable air compressor, a Poulan chainsaw in a black case, and a Poulan weedeater missing. She also saw a cell phone laying on the ground near the shop. She said she had not been in the shop since Dec. 26. A check of the roll up door found a plastic panel near the lock had been pried out. The scene was turned over to investigators, who took custody of the cell phone.

Also on Jan. 2, Sgt. Neill Sanders responded to 255 Gilbert Road in reference to a theft. The complainant, John Dedo, says he lives in Columbus, but frequently stays at the Gilbert Road house and helps maintain the property for his mother. He said as he was leaving the property that night, he noticed the wireless gate controller missing from its post beside the driveway inside the fence. He said the controller was there that morning and the gate had been closed all day. The value of the missing controller is about $2,000.

Sgt. Barfield arrived at 302 Dallas Drive on Jan. 2 to talk with the homeowner, Conrad Smith Jr., about a theft. Smith told him sometime between Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, someone stole his Craftsman chainsaw, valued at $200, from his shop. Someone had pried the padlock from the locking hasp on the door.