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3 charged with South Paulding HS burglaries

3 charged with South Paulding HS burglaries

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Three Paulding County men have been arrested for burglarizing three athletic buildings at South Paulding High School.

The suspects -- 38-year-old Jason Tyler Bishop, 23-year-old Jonathon Lee Byers and 44-year-old William Floyd Couch -- were arrested after an investigation by sheriff's officials in Paulding and Douglas counties.

Paulding County Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said the suspects are accused of stealing about $20,000 worth of items from the football, baseball and softball field houses at the Douglasville high school. The burglaries happened between Aug. 9 and Aug. 12.

All three men face theft charges. Byers was also charged with obstruction and violating his probation.

Couch is currently in the Douglas County Jail on an unrelated charge. Henson said he will eventually be transferred to the Paulding County Jail.

Ala. Jane Doe ID'd as Douglas County woman

Ala. Jane Doe ID'd as Douglas County woman

BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. -- A Georgia caregiver is accused of dropping off a patient at an Alabama hospital and stealing her money.

Investigators said 59-year-old Cathy Jean Thomas drove Edith Allen from Douglas County, Ga., to Blount County, Ala., north of Birmingham, and dropped her off at a hospital in 2010.

Allen, 68, has severe mental challenges and was sick and dehydrated. She was unable to speak or identify herself to hospital personnel.

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey said Allen was treated "like an animal that was dropped off in front of the animal shelter."

"We don't treat humans like that. We can't treat humans like that," Casey said.

Investigators said Thomas is accused of taking $25,000 in Allen's Social Security benefits over the past three years. She is now in jail.

Police used fingerprints and facial recognition to identify Allen and piece together her past.

Sheriff's office warns of phone scam

Sheriff's office warns of phone scam

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants residents to be aware of a telephone scam.

According to the sheriff's office, victims receive a call from a man who says he is James Watson with the Georgia Police Department.

The scammer tells callers that someone at their home address has an outstanding warrant and must pay a fine in order to clear it. He then gives his victims a phone number and tells them to call it and speak to someone named George Blake, who will request money to get rid of the warrants.

The sheriff's office wants to make it clear that this is a scam, and that Douglas County residents should never give credit card and banking information over the phone.

Learn more about this scam, including ways to report it to the sheriff's office, at sheriff.douglas.ga.us.

Fifth arrest made in Ga. jewelry store robbery

Fifth arrest made in Ga. jewelry store robbery

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) - Police say the fifth suspect in an armed robbery at a jewelry store in western Georgia has been arrested.

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Villa Rica Police say 23-year-old Bernard Hunt, of Atlanta, was arrested Wednesday in the June 26 robbery at a store in Villa Rica.

Police have said the store's 45-year-old owner, Mitch Mobley, was killed during the robbery. Authorities have said a group of men came into the store and used hammers to break glass display cases to steal watches.

Cobb teacher charged with child molestation

Cobb teacher charged with child molestation

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- A teacher and coach at a private school in Cobb County has been charged with molesting one of his students.

Robert Carlysle Cartwright Jr., 46, was arrested Mar. 27. He is a teacher and coach at Midway Covenant Christian School in Powder Springs.

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Paulding County Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said Cartwright molested a boy at his Douglasville home last November. The victim is a student at Midway Covenant Christian School and played on several sports teams that Cartwright coached.

Investigators in Cobb and Paulding counties are now looking into the possibility that Cartwright had more victims.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Paulding County Sheriff's Office at 770-445-6105.

Thieves after truck batteries instead of copper

Thieves after truck batteries instead of copper

ATLANTA -- First it was copper, now thieves are after a much heavier target that they steal and sell to scrap yards.

At least two metro area counties are reporting an increase in the theft of truck batteries.

Thieves are after batteries from this truck, all of them...all of them weigh in excess of sixty pounds It's a lot of work to steal something like this, but the suspects in this case made it easy for sheriff's deputies by leaving a cell phone and pictures.

Dennis Stanley surveys the trucks around his repair shop, and discovers where thieves have left their mark.

"I hate to keep looking," he said. "I had about 40 stacked up, they unloaded every one of those, that was a good haul for them."

Dennis Stanley is just one of many victims caught up in the newest trend in crime.

Suspects leave cell phone and picture at scene of battery thefts

Suspects leave cell phone and picture at scene of battery thefts

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga - Investigators in two metro Atlanta counties say they're seeing a new trend in crime ever since the state started its crackdown of copper thefts. 

In one case, the suspects made it easy for investigators by leaving a cell phone and picture behind.  

Thieves are now targeting large industrial truck batteries that can be sold at scrap yards for the lead.   

In Douglas County, Dennis Stanley is one of several victims.  Most recently he had at least a dozen batteries stolen from trucks parked at his repair shop.  It's not as many as criminals got the last time they came to his business.   

"I had about 40 stacked up, and they unloaded every one of those," said Stanley. "That was a good haul for them."

Investigators in both Douglas and Fulton Counties have witnessed the trend.