Commercial vehicle break-ins reported
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Three automotive break-ins were reported at two businesses early Monday morning, with a number of tools stolen along with other smaller items and cash.

At Ready Mix USA, the victim told a Cartersville police officer that employees were last at the business at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday. He said three vehicles were entered, but only one vehicle had items missing.

Among the items stolen were an LED flashlight, a hammer, two screwdrivers, multiple pliers and wrenches and bungee cords, a black bag, safety gear, winter gear, a Bluetooth headset and various medications and pain relievers.

In addition to the stolen items, the victim said the suspect must have used bolt cutters to cut the lock on the fuel station and allegedly steal roughly 4 gallons of diesel fuel valued at approximately $16.

The thefts came to an approximate total of $256.

South Air Inc. reported two thefts on their property as well. In one break-in, a work van was reportedly entered when the lock on the vehicle had been cut. Although the van belonged to the business, according to the report, all the tools belonged to two employees.

The stolen items included drill sets, cutters, pipe benders, tape measures, pipe tools, hole cutters, saws, screwdrivers, wrenches and other assorted hand tools. The total amount stolen, the two employees told the officer, came to approximately $1,398.

One of the victims said whoever stole the items “must not have known what they were looking for/at because they left a lot of really expensive items in the truck,” according to the report.

A third employee at South Air said his personal truck was broken into as well. The victim said he left his truck at the business Friday afternoon and discovered the missing items Monday morning. Among the items taken were an impact gun, prybar set, socket sets, a floor jack and loose change. All the stolen items totaled $850.

The victim told Cartersville police the vehicle had been unlocked and the keys were inside at the time.

No suspects in the three thefts were listed at the time of the report.

Gordon County man arrested for possession of child pornography

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and Gordon County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Robert “Duane” Crosby, 46, Monday for possession of child pornography.

In a GBI undercover investigation, initiated by the DeKalb County Police Department, an individual using the screen name of “niteblood” was identified as having several files of suspected child pornography available for sharing, according to a GBI press release. It was determined this individual lived in Calhoun.

As a result of the investigation, the GBI and Gordon County deputies executed a search warrant at 226 Clairmont Drive S.E. in Calhoun, Crosby’s residence, where several images and video files of suspected child pornography were located.

Crosby was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children and was taken to the Gordon County Jail.

Arrest made in Adairsville vehicle theft

A man wanted out of Bartow, Polk and Floyd counties was arrested Sunday afternoon in Floyd County.

According to a Floyd County Police press release, a burgundy Dodge Dakota, stolen out of Adairsville, eluded Polk County officers. FCP found the truck abandoned on Bethel Church Road and the driver, identified as Donald Lee Townsend Jr., of Rome, had fled on foot. Officers searched the area with the help of Polk County Sheriff’s office deputies and Polk County Police Department officers and found Townsend.

Townsend was arrested on two counts of felony theft by taking, three counts of misdemeanor theft by taking, misdemeanor theft by receiving, felony theft by receiving, two counts of felony entering auto and one count of criminal damage to property.

According to the release, Townsend allegedly is connected to multiple vehicle thefts, entering autos and thefts in Floyd County. Investigators said they expect additional charges to be filed as the investigation continues. Bartow and Polk counties have charges on Townsend in connection with stolen vehicles and property.

Goat reported in vehicle’s rear seat

A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the Red Roof Inn on State Route 20 Spur Monday night in reference to a goat in the back seat of a car.

The deputy spoke with the driver, who was in the vehicle. The driver said she was on her way to Kentucky to take the goat to a farm, but she had to stop at a hotel for the night. The goat, a male, was in a crate in the back seat with straw, grass and water.

The driver said she did not think the hotel would allow the goat inside, so she left him in the car. The vehicle’s windows were rolled down and the deputy did not believe the temperature was excessive as the sun was setting.

“I did not see any immediate danger present for the goat remaining in the car,” the deputy noted.