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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.

3 arrested for stealing Jeep

3 arrested for stealing Jeep

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell police have arrested three Metro Atlanta men for trying to steal a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a local car dealership.

A employee of Palmer Dodge on Alpharetta Highway told police that he was approached by a young black man on Wednesday. The man offered the employee $2,000 to leave a key in the car so it could be stolen.

The suspect told the employee that he planned to send the Jeep to New York and then out of the country, according to investigators.

Roswell police set up a sting operation in the parking lot. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect returned to Palmer Dodge with two accomplices.

When the suspect got into the $47,000 Jeep and started it, police moved in and arrested him. He was identified as 36-year-old Kevin Johnson of Dallas.

Johnson's accomplices -- Walter Ray Hamilton, 30, of Chamblee and Michael Robert Thimas, 25, of Marietta -- were also arrested.

Suspects nabbed in multiple Cobb robberies

Suspects nabbed in multiple Cobb robberies

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County police have arrested two men in connection with at least two fast food restaurant robberies and a home break-in.

Rodney B. Lofton, 21, of Marietta and Deontae Conway, 18, of Dallas are believed to be the men behind a Burger King robbery in Marietta on Aug. 12 and a Zaxby's robbery in Mableton on Aug.

Man arrested for burglarizing vacant home

Man arrested for burglarizing vacant home

HIRAM, Ga. -- Deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office arrested a man suspected of burglarizing a vacant house.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Rosedale Drive in Hiram.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect was in the front yard. He quickly ran back into the house when he saw the police.

A deputy found the suspect inside the house; the suspect then initiated "a violent confrontation," according to Sgt. Brandon Gurley with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

Another officer heard the fight and ran inside to assist the deputy. Together, they brought the suspect under control, Gurley said.

Both the officer and the suspect were treated for minor injuries. The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the Paulding County Detention Center.

3 men arrested for breaking into cars

3 men arrested for breaking into cars

DALLAS, Ga. -- Three young Dallas residents have been arrested in connection with numerous car break-ins in northern Paulding County.

Karac Fenimore Bennett and Clinton Bradley Gordon, both 21, and their 18-year-old friend Ryan Thomas Haines were all arrested July 21.

Detectives said they were responsible for more than 30 entering auto cases in the Bentwater community near Acworth. They are now trying to connect the trio to more than 100 similar crimes in both Paulding and Cobb.

"All the vehicles that were entered in Paulding were parked in driveways at night and unlocked," said Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge. "Most of this stolen property could have been protected by either removing it from the vehicles or simply locking the car doors."

Items stolen in these crimes included GPS devices, cell phones, money, wallets, credit cards and guns. Some of the property, including the firearms, was recovered by police.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Chiropractor charged with identity fraud

Chiropractor charged with identity fraud

HIRAM, Ga. -- A Hiram chiropractor has been arrested and charged with eight counts of identity fraud and one count of theft by deception.

Dr. Christopher Lockerman, 42, was taken to jail on Wednesday, May 4. He was released on $26,550 bond.

In February, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office began uncovering thousands of dollars received from J.P.