CPD arrests man in furniture theft
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Tony Sweat
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Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper announced Wednesday the arrest of a Cartersville man in connection with the theft of furniture.

According to CPD, about $12,000 in furniture was stolen from Nelson’s Furniture in Cartersville on May 10 using a stolen credit card.

On Tuesday, based on information received during the investigation, officers of the Criminal Investigations Division conducted a search of a residence at 330 Mountain Chase Drive in Cartersville. Officers were able to recover approximately $10,000 in furniture and returned it to Nelson’s Furniture.

According to the incident report, officers met with a store employee June 22 who said a man selected a full bedroom suite ($2,460), a sofa and love seat set ($3,421), and three televisions ($4,441) on May 10 but did not purchase them. He called shortly thereafter to pay using a credit card.

The male provided a name, a P.O. box address, a telephone number and the security number on the back of the credit card. The transactions were made and cleared. The male arrived a short time later and took possession of all of the furniture except one of the televisions. The male requested the TV be delivered to the Mountain Chase Apartment complex. The male then left the store without ever showing any form of identification.

The TV was delivered as requested and the man was waiting in the parking lot. According to the report, once the television was delivered the man remained in the parking lot until the delivery truck left. Several days later, it was discovered that the real card holder was not the same person who had purchased the furniture.

Officers arrested Tony Lamar Sweat, 50, of 330 Mountain Chase Drive, Cartersville. Sweat was charged with four counts of forgery, four counts of financial transaction fraud and one count of felony theft by deception. Sweat is currently in custody at the Bartow County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and charges could be filed on additional subjects who were involved with the incident.

Man robbed on Main Street overpass

A man was robbed on Main Street at the Interstate 75 northbound turning lane Sunday night, according to a Cartersville police report.

The victim said he had gone to the Wells Fargo branch on Main Street to withdraw fuel money for his truck. As he left the bank, he noticed a white BMW X5 following him. When the victim pulled into the turning lane at the traffic light, a bald, black male wearing a green suit, white shirt and tie approached his vehicle on the driver’s side and said, “Amigo, I’m lost. Can you help me with directions?”

After the victim rolled down his window the man allegedly pulled out a chrome, snub nose revolver and said, “Give me the money.” When the victim said he did not have any money, the suspect struck him in the back of the head and demanded the money again.

The victim gave him the $800 he withdrew from the bank and another $420 he had in his wallet. As the victim was handing over the cash, the man said, “I know where you live.” He also looked in the victim’s back seat and saw the victim’s computer. He demanded that as well.

While the robbery was going on, a second blake male was directing traffic around the two vehicles.

After the man walked back to his BMW, the victim continued onto I-75 and saw the other vehicle turn around and drive back toward U.S. Highway 41.

The suspects are still at large.