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Sheriff's Office Investigates Complaints of Harassment and Thefts

Read summaries of recent incidents to which deputies responded.

Recent incidents investigated by the include: 

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 

  • A Winder man was prohibited from the gas station in Bethlehem after an employee, his ex according to an incident report, complained he wouldn’t leave the store. The complainant said she asked the man to leave several times. The man was served a prohibited entry notice and was advised if he returned to the gas station he would be arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 

  • A domestic dispute was reported at a Hammond Road residence in Statham. The complainant said her husband grabbed her around the neck, threw her around a bedroom and when she fought back and escaped his grasp, he reportedly obtained a gun and threatened to harm himself before hitting her in the head and preventing her from calling 911. The complainant said her husband never pointed the gun at her or threatened her with it. She said was able to hit the hold up alarm on her home security system and officers with the arrived shortly. William Arlin Wells, 44, of 440 Hammond Road in Statham, was arrested and charged with simple battery and interference with a 911 call.
  • A resident of Beaver Hill Drive in Bethlehem reported receiving harassing phone calls from his sister-in-law. The complainant said she called and threatened to burn his house down. A deputy advised the complainant how to handle the situation through .
  • A theft was reported at a Widener Memorial Boulevard location in Winder. The complainant said someone stole cash and medications from his home.
  • A loss prevention associate at in Winder reported a male had left the store without paying for several items, including some clothes and electronics. The store associate said the suspect exited the store through the garden center and rolled his shopping cart out to a Toyota Camry where another male was waiting.
  • A man recently incarcerated in the Barrow County Detention Center reported his vehicle stolen following his release. The complainant said he had pawned the title to his Chevy Blazer in March and it had broken down in the area of Bankhead Highway and Presley Road. The complainant said an acquaintance had offered to tow the vehicle to his residence. Arrested about four days later, when the complainant was released he was contacted by Title Max regarding making a payment or the vehicle being repossessed. The man said he thought Title Max had already taken the vehicle because he saw it being driven on May Street on Aug. 26. The vehicle’s value was estimated at $750.
  • A Winder resident reported her debit card had been stolen but she couldn’t provide specific information about the fraudulent transactions that had been made.
  • A resident of Mulberry Road in Winder reported his company vehicle had been stolen.

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 

  • A resident of Avalon Trace in Winder reported someone broke the support post for his mailbox. The damage was estimated at less than $200.
  • Residents of Riverbluff Drive in Winder reported someone forcibly entered their home and removed a number of items valued at $22,204.
  • A Winslow Way resident contacted the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office to complain about a neighbor’s loud dogs.
  • A resident of Tanners Bridge Circle in Bethlehem called police after hearing someone knock on her front door about 2 a.m. The complainant said she thought it was strange due to the late hour and called 911. The area around the residence was cleared.

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