Officers with the Winder Police Department responded to an East Broad Street residence Sunday, Sept. 16, in reference to a report of a burglary in progress.
Upon arrival, an officer was informed by neighbors there was a man inside the water heater room possibly stealing copper. When the suspect exited the room, at the officer's command, he said he was doing work on the property. Following additional verbal commands from two officers, the man went to his knees and was handcuffed.
The suspect told police he was thinking about renting the residence so he was doing work there. According to an incident report, the officer advised the man he couldn't stay in vacant homes without permission, and the suspect said he didn’t understand because the "for rent" and "for lease" signs were confusing. The man said he thought he could stay there until he decided he wanted to rent the home, and the officer informed him that isn't how the leasing process works.
An officer contacted the leasing company and spoke with a representative, who said no one had permission to be inside the residence. Neighbors told police the man had been prowling around the neighborhood.
The suspect, 47-year-old Andrew Charles Fuller of 242 W. Oak St. in Winder, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and loitering or prowling.
While an officer was attempting to gain information for the booking process from the suspect, he reportedly began cursing loudly and screaming racial and derogatory slurs. The suspect was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction.
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