According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, Brian Troy Aberle was arrested about noon Friday at a residence in Smyrna. Officers from the BCSO, U.S. Marshal's Service, Cobb County Sheriff's Office and Smyrna Police Department made the arrest after a tip was followed up on by Bartow investigators.
Aberle had escaped from custody while working on an inmate work detail at the Clarence Brown Conference Center Oct. 29.
Aberle faces new charges of escape, theft by taking and probation violation in addition to those offenses he had been in custody for prior to his escape.
On Nov. 2 and 3, The Daily Tribune News received e-mails from an individual claiming to be Brian Aberle describing the manner in which he escaped and why. His e-mail, also addressed to BCSO officials and other media outlets, told of alleged misconduct on the part of Bartow County Sheriff deputies during his numerous arrests and imprisonments.
According to the electronic correspondence, Aberle took a shirt found in the building and turning his pants inside out fled on foot several miles before hitching a ride out of the county.
Items taken from eight neighborhood vehicles
Deputies have received in recent days eight reports of entering automobiles at residences along two Cartersville streets.
According to Bartow County Sheriff's Office reports, the reports have come from residents on Dogwood Drive and nearby Dogwood Place, who all told deputies that their vehicles were left unlocked during the hours the thefts could have taken place. The incidents reportedly occurred sometime between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
Most vehicles that had been gone through had the contents of their glove boxes scattered. Among the items reported as taken include several dollars worth of change and a small toolbox.
Terminated employee found at snack machine
A security official with Chattahoochee Technical College's North Metro Campus in Acworth found a suspicious man Friday afternoon at one of the site's snack machines.
According to a Bartow County Sheriff's Office report, Campus Police Chief Willis Wade saw a vehicle parked at the Health Education Center about 4:40 p.m. He said the sight was suspicious because no one was supposed to be in the building, which was unlocked at the time, besides authorized personnel.
After entering the building, he spotted a man in the student break room that had opened one of the snack machines using keys. He said the man, later identified as John Christopher Peyton, had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. When he asked what he was doing, Peyton said he was an employee with Atlanta Food and Beverage Company, working on the snack machine. Peyton told Wade that he did not have identification, but he could call his boss.
Willis called the company and was told Peyton did not have permission to be at the school as he had been terminated.
Willis took the keys from Peyton and attempted to arrest him, but Peyton jerked his arms away and left in the vehicle Willis had noticed earlier.
An Atlanta Food and Beverage official said he believed Peyton had stolen some snack machine keys prior to his termination.
Willis said he would take warrants out on Peyton on burglary charges.
Items taken from school district's transportation facility
Cartersville City Schools officials reported Friday that several items had been taken from the system's bus barn after someone had cut the chain off the entrance gate.
According to a Cartersville police report, those responsible also had damaged two maintenance vans that were parked inside the gate, with one sustaining a busted rear window and pry marks on a door, while the other had the skin of its door ripped off. Both vehicles had assorted power tools taken, but the reporting district employee said a full inventory would have to be taken to determine all missing items.
The incident reportedly occurred between 6 p.m. Thursday and 7:24 a.m. Friday.
No fires, major traffic crashes reported
Bartow County and Cartersville firefighters reported working no fires in the 48 hours preceding 5 p.m. Saturday.
Georgia State Patrol officials reported that deputies in Bartow County had logged no major injury or fatality crashes during the same time period.