The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office said four people face theft charges in connection to two different incidents.
First, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that his office arrested two men recently after investigating the theft of more than $7000 in stolen items from a local business.
Shirley said items like truck bumpers, batteries, large steel augers and scrap iron were taken from the Big A Road business between July and September.
“The material was taken to a scrap yard and it was melted down,” said Shirley. “But the scrap yards were very cooperative and had the identification and tag numbers of the individuals who brought it there. We have arrested two individuals. They both have confessed.”
The sheriff said 39-year-old Charles Jason Williams of Rock Creek Road in Toccoa and 49-year-old Michael Jimmy Cox of Lakeview Trail in Eastanollee were each charged with two counts of felony theft by taking.
They are in the Stephens County Jail, each with a bond of $18,000.
Shirley said he encourages businesses that have items such as these lying outside in the open to have a well-lighted area to try and prevent incidents like this.
“It would certainly deter criminals from going on the property because they do not want to be seen,” said Shirley.
In a second incident, the sheriff said an alleged theft of a four-wheeler has led to two arrests.
Shirley said his office took a report of a stolen four-wheeler back in late August from a Camp Road location.
“During the course of the investigation, it (the four-wheeler) was recovered in a wooded area,” said Shirley. “As a result of the investigation, two people were charged in connection with taking the four-wheeler.”
The sheriff said last week, his office arrested 18-year-old David Terrell Scroggs of Twin Lakes Road in Eastanollee and 18-year-old Jeremy Lewis Arnold of Camp Road in Eastanollee.
Both were charged with theft by taking.
Shirley said that Scroggs posted bond and was released, but Arnold remained in the Stephens County Jail as of last report awaiting a bond.