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Suspect steals packages, replaces them with empty boxes

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities said a man was caught on camera stealing a package from a Paulding County front porch and replacing it with an empty box. They believe the same suspect has done it five times in the past month.

'So Sorry' | Stolen gifts returned with apology note

DALLAS, Ga. — An apologetic thief apparently had second thoughts after stealing a package from a Paulding County man's front porch.

As 11Alive's Kevin Rowson reported on Monday, Eric Truitt said a surveillance camera captured a man taking a box from the front of his Dallas home. Inside the package were $300 in birthday gifts for Truitt's 12-year-old daughter.

Suspect stole package full of girl's birthday gifts

DALLAS, Ga — A suspect is wanted for stealing a package from the front porch of a Dallas home owner and with it he took the gifts for a 12-year-old child’s birthday.

Paulding County Sheriff Investigators are hopeful a home surveillance camera will help them identify the culprit.

“It's scary,” said Eric Truitt. Truitt’s wife Stacy and two children were home when the theft was captured on his surveillance system. “I mean it's a bold and brazen act to walk up to someone's house in the middle of the day.”

It happened at around noon Monday. A suspect wearing a black jacket, maroon pants and a unique cap took the box and ran back to a car parked in the Truitt’s driveway. The suspect is seen putting the box in the trunk and then getting in the passenger side while another suspect drove the car away.

Investigation leads to arrests, two pounds of meth in Paulding Co.

DALLAS, Ga. -- A three month narcotics investigation netted two arrests and over two pounds of meth in Paulding County in January.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the results of the investigation and the names of those charged on Sunday.

In a statement, officials allege Alpheus Windham, 44, and Whitney Nicole Cinnamon, 28, were trafficking methamphetamine from a home in Dallas, Ga.

The charges were filed following an arrest by Paulding County deputies and agents with the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force. 

Mother, son charged in shooting death of 8-year-old girl

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities have charged a Paulding County mother and her son in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl.

Quincy Lynch is charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, while his mom, Marsha Lynch, is charged with obstruction.

Suspect arrested in connection to homicide at Paulding Co. home

DALLAS, Ga. — A suspect is behind bars at the Paulding County jail in connection to a homicide investigation, after a man's body was found inside a Hiram Sudie Road home.

Sheriff officials announced the arrest Sunday. 

Investigation underway after body found at Paulding Co. home

DALLAS, Ga. — An investigation is underway in Paulding County after a man's body was discovered inside a home early Saturday afternoon.

Paulding County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson said deputies were called to the home on Hiram Sudie Road just before 11 a.m. When they arrived at the house, they found a man dead. Four men and a woman -- all unharmed -- were also at the home, officials said. 

PHOTOS: Man's body found inside Paulding Co. home

Woman arrested following Dallas officer-involved shooting

DALLAS -- A woman is under arrested following an incident that led to an officer-involved shooting in Dallas, Ga. on Wednesday.

Jennifer Autry was taken into custody after police responded to the 100 block of St. Charles Avenue in regard to a suspicious person.

Autry was seen by a neighbor trying to enter a residence through a partially open garage door.

When approached by Officer J.D. Johnson, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) report states that she pointed a "long gun" at the officer.  Officer Johnson opened fire at the woman but neither she nor Johnson were injured.

Autry was arrested and charged with burglary, aggravated assault, loitering and prowling.

Parents of teen killed in twerking accident say no charges

DALLAS, Ga. – Parents of a teenager killed after being run over don't want his friend to face charges.

Georgia State Patrol Troopers said 16-year-old Alex Desalis fell off the hood of a Jeep his friend was driving Saturday afternoon and was run over.

"I don't want probation. I don't want her in jail," Michelle Guthrie said. "It was an accident. We feel more bad for the family -- for what they're going through as well."

Troopers said Desalis had possibly been "car surfing" prior to falling off, and that charges are pending against the driver. Desalis was sent to Paulding WellStar Hospital and airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition. He died Sunday evening.

Desalis' parents say the teen jokingly asked a friend for a ride a few yards down the road.