Stolen cellphone leads to the arrest of five
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On Friday about 1:35 a.m. two Cartersville police officers were dispatched to a West Church Street address in reference to a reported theft.

Upon their arrival they met the complainant and his friends. The complainant claimed he was walking down the street to sell an iPod when a man -- one of the men they were about to meet -- asked if he could use the complaintant's phone. While the complainant considered the man's request, the man snatched the complainant's iPhone and ran to another address.

After talking to the complainant and his friends, the officers went to the address. As they arrived, one officer saw a man run behind the residence and followed him to the apartment. The officer reported being overwhelmed by the smell of alcohol and marijuana. While searching for the source of the marijuana smell, the officer found the stolen iPhone. The owner was contacted and was able to give the correct password for the phone confirming the phone was his property. The man who stole the phone was identified on scene and was taken into custody for robbery.

With the man placed in the car, the officer returned to the apartment to help the other officer with the 10 occupants. Four people were arrested for alcohol offenses.

When the officer returned to his vehicle, he found the man was no longer there. All doors were still locked except the driver's door. The window in the partition was open. A search of the area yielded no results.

The man is charged with robbery by snatching, escape, and theft of government property. Warrants for the man have been taken.

BCFD works grass fires

Bartow County Fire Department reported Saturday working a grass fire at Highway 113 and Old Alabama Road. The blaze, which was believed to be started by a tractor baling hay, consumed less than an acre. No injuries were reported.

BCFD also reported two small grass fires in the area of Pine Log on Saturday.