Deputy arrests three north Fayette burglars; Sheriff nabs another

Thu, 09/18/2008 - 11:46am
By: Ben Nelms

Maybe they should have been in church instead of burglarizing someone’s home. Two juveniles and two adult males were arrested and warrants issued for a fifth suspect in a Sept. 14 burglary at a north Fayette residence. One of the men escaped and was apprehended later by Sheriff Randall Johnson.

James Thomas Hanks III, 21, of College Park was charged with burglary, theft by taking, escape and theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, according to Fayette Sheriff’s spokesperson Belinda McCastle.

Also charged in the incident was 20 year-old College Park resident Daniel Joshua Young for burglary, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle and traffic violations such as fleeing and eluding and reckless driving, McCastle said.

Charges were also brought against two male juveniles for burglary, two counts of theft by receiving a stolen vehicle and obstruction, said McCastle. Warrants have also been issued for 17 year-old College Park resident Kevin Dunston on charges of burglary, obstruction and two counts of receiving a stolen vehicle, McCastle said.

McCastle said deputies were dispatched mid-morning to a suspicious persons call at a Saint Clair Court residence in north Fayette County. The complainant observed two vehicles containing several males going door to door, McCastle said.

Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with a silver Xterra SUV and after exiting his vehicle, the driver of the Xterra pulled out of the subdivision at a high rate of speed, said McCastle.

The deputy also noticed a white Chevrolet van behind the house and proceeded to the rear of the house where he encountered a male carrying a Sylvania TV out of the residence valued at $700, said McCastle. The deputy ordered the suspect to the ground and immediately handcuffed him, she said.

Meanwhile, three other suspects exited the residence, dropping items out of their hands and fleeing the location. While the deputy was getting a direction of travel on the fleeing suspects, the handcuffed suspect escaped and was apprehended five hours later by Sheriff Johnson on Ga. Highway 279, said McCastle.

Further investigation determined that the vehicles were stolen and one of the suspects confirmed wanted out of Coweta County, McCastle said.

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Submitted by southern tinkerbelle on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 3:01pm.

I haven't been a fan of Ben Nelms or the way he "reports" for sometime now. Just a little tip: fact seeking adults don't need colorful additives when reading news. Do the channel 2 news or channel 5 news put there own opinons or side comments into reports? No they don't, but then again it is "your paper" and you can wrtie whatever and however you want. I think I'm going to get my own paer too & publish crap. Aside from that, congrats to all the law enforcment involved for doing a great job in catching these guys. It's good to see that sometimes crime really doesn't pay.

Submitted by mmm on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 11:45pm.

Don't jump professions too quickly. I'm sure that you would need to show your proficiency in proper grammar.

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Submitted by secret squirrel on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 12:36pm.

Maybe they should have been in church instead of burglarizing someone’s home.

Why? Because crimes aren't committed in churches? Because criminals don't go to church and sometimes use them as cover to commit their acts?

Ben, leave the proselytizing sermons to Father Opinion Epps. Just report the news.

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Submitted by darrylwd on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 9:27pm.

So Secret Squirrel, you feeling a bit of guilt for skipping church yourself? Maybe your attack on Nelms is your way of defending your own actions, or in this case, lack of actions.

Get a life, one with a REAL purpose.

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.

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Submitted by WakeUp on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 1:01pm.

All he was trying to do was add a little color to the story. It was mid morning on a Sunday; a time when most churches were in session. Had they been in church, for any reason, they would not have stealing from our community.

Ben, I like the color and that your story was not a dry listing of facts. It makes the article more interesting.

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 12:01pm.

Big thanks to our sheriff's dept.

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