According to the Cartersville police incident report, a woman spotted a white Hyundai pull into her neighborhood around 10:26 p.m. and approach a home while the vehicle’s lights were off. The driver, Julie Nicole Carlton, allegedly got out of the car, ran up to the house and stole a pumpkin and a sign.
The vehicle then approached another residence and Carlton allegedly jumped out of the car again, ran up to the house and stole items.
The witness said she lost sight of the Hyundai as it rounded a turn, but spotted it again when it left the neighborhood. According to the incident report, the witness ran after the vehicle to get its tag number. Although the vehicle quickly left the area, the witness was able to see two white women and one black man inside.
Another Cartersville officer spotted the vehicle and pulled it over at Pilgrim Street and Parmenter Street. Meanwhile, according to the report, another officer knocked on every door on Mercer Lane to locate the missing property’s owners. Listed among the items were a carved sign and two carved pumpkins.
Carlton, David Carlton Bush Jr., and Genevieve Jerie Weeks were arrested at the traffic stop. Carlton was charged with theft by taking, driving under the influence, open container in vehicle and failure to drive within single lane. Bush and Weeks were charged with theft by taking.
Bush assisted the officers in returning some items after waiving his Miranda rights. However, he said some items were in the car when Carlton and Weeks picked him up, so he did not know who they belonged to. The report noted Carlton and Weeks were uncooperative and the following items were logged into evidence:
• two male scarecrow yard decorations attached to a bamboo post
• two female scarecrow yard decorations attached to a bamboo post
• one male standalone scarecrow doll decoration
• one female standalone scarecrow doll decoration
• one ghost with an orange tie and black hat yard decoration attached to a bamboo post
• one orange banner with an owl stitched into it attached to a black metal post
Three carved pumpkins were not taken into evidence. The report stated they were decomposing and so were disposed of.