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Several arrests made for gang graffiti, credit card theft
Several arrests made for gang graffiti, credit card theft

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office recently arrested a number of young people on charges ranging from criminal trespass to credit card fraud.

Potential gang graffiti was first reported to the sheriff's office in July. Detectives had no suspects or leads until they began conducting interviews and patrols, according to the sheriff's office.

Eventually, investigators arrested Austin Davis, 17, of Dallas and three 16-year-olds for creating the graffiti. All four suspects were charged with six counts of criminal trespass and one count of violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

In early August, the sheriff's office began investigating a case of credit card fraud at an Acworth Walmart. Using surveillance video provided by the Acworth Police Department, investigators were able to identify one of the suspects as a juvenile who was also involved in the gang graffiti case, according to the sheriff's office.

Six people were eventually arrested for breaking into cars and stealing the credit cards used at the Walmart. Three of the suspects were 16-year-old boys; the remaining suspects were 21-year-old Joseph Loftis of Dallas, 17-year-old Wesley Chaney of Dallas, and 17-year-old Marcquise Kelly of Acworth.

These discoveries and arrests helped police uncover a plan to commit 30 to 40 additional car break-ins in the Cedarcrest Road area of Paulding County, investigators said.

"This case proves how important it is to share information with our citizens," Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge said.

The sheriff also encourages all Paulding County residents to sign up for email and text alerts through Nixle. Police sent out a Nixle alert about the potential car break-ins on Aug. 5 and believe that this action prevented numerous possible crimes.