The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
WIRE THEFT: On Aug. 2, Sgt. Mark Smith was dispatched to a construction site off Virgil Langford Road for the new Mercedez Benz dealership, where more than $5,000 worth of wire was stolen. The theft occurred between 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 7:25 a.m. Aug. 2. The electrical wire consisted of numerous spools of electrical wiring of different gauges and colors.
ATHENS RIDGE FIGHT: On Aug. 2, deputies were dispatched about 4 a.m. to a fight at Athens Ridge Apartments off Old Macon Highway. When deputies arrived, they found four men ages 18 and 19, who had visible injuries and all were intoxicated. Deputies questioned the young men, but it was difficult to obtain coherent statements from them. One teen was babbling and another could barely walk. Two were from Suwanne, one from Atlanta and one from Norcross. All four were charged with misdemeanor offenses of affray and underage possession of alcohol. The fight may have stemmed from a game they were playing that escalated into the fist fight.
QUESTIONABLE PURCHASE: On July 31, Deputy Stephen Schaffer met with a 42-year-old Jefferson man, who reported he was shopping off Epps Bridge Parkway when he was approached by a stranger who offered him a good deal on a home theater system. The pair went to a bank, where the man obtained a $1,000 cashiers check to pay for the system. The other man, a 47-year-old man from Braselton, then cashed the check and left. The Jefferson man went home and read reviews about the system on the internet and was not happy with what he purchased. The price, however, was lower than the same brand offered by sellers on Craigslist and E-bay.
THEFT: On Aug. 1, a 19-year-old resident of Brighton Place, Bogart, reported someone entered his vehicle during the night and stole his wallet containing credit and debit cards, license and some cash.
DOMESTIC PROBLEM: On Aug. 3, deputies were sent to a home on Wire Bridge Road, where a couple engaged in a fight. The man said the woman began throwing Mountain Dew cans at him so he punched her in the face with his fists. The woman then began chasing and hitting him. Both were charged with simple assault.
NISSAN MISSING: On Aug. 2, a 22-year-old resident of Athens Ridge Apartments reported the theft of his 2003 Nissan Maxima valued at $3,000.
FRAUD: On Aug. 3, a 64-year-old resident of Mallard Circle, Bogart, reported she received a telephone call from a man purporting to be with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. The man said he had a warrant for her arrest, but she could forego the arrest if she sent money to him by purchasing Green Dot cards. The man remained on the telephone with the woman while she went to a local store and purchased two cards and provided the card numbers. The man then said there was a problem with the cards, so she purchased two more. Afterward, the man hung up. She called the man’s number back and it went to the sheriff’s office. A deputy was dispatched to meet with the woman, who lost $1,295 in the scam.
GUN FOUND: On Aug. 4, Deputy Andy Corbin met with a woman who said she found a Mossberg shotgun on the roadside at the intersection of Oakwood Lane and Jefferson Avenue.
THEFT: On Aug. 4, a 32-year-old Winder man reported someone stole his 2004 Ford F-250 pickup that he parked at a friend’s house on the 1900 block of Macon Highway. He valued the truck at $14,000.
SHOPLIFTER ESCAPES: On Aug. 5, an employee with the Gap store at Oconee Connector reported a woman stuffed $600 worth of clothing into a bag and left the store without paying. The same woman stole about $1,000 worth of clothing on Aug. 3. The suspect is a black female wearing a gray baseball cap, red shirt and blue jeans.
ENTERING AUTO: On Aug. 4, Deputy Frank Smith met with a 43-year-old resident of Pine Ridge Court, who said someone entered two vehicles on his property and stole about $10 in change and a converter cord for an iPhone.