According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, Matthews Garage and Towing of Cartersville contacted law enforcement Friday to report someone had been taking numerous semi-truck parts and scrap metal from several shops.
Douglas Junior Stiles, 19, of 883-B Cassville Road, Cartersville, was charged with felony theft by taking after investigators say they discovered he had sold more than 6,500 pounds of steel during the previous several weeks to local salvage yards. Most of the steel is believed to be from Matthews Garage.
Stiles is being held at the Bartow County Jail on a probation violation and pending bond, which has been set for the theft charges. This case is still under investigation, and additional charges could result.
Woman reports $44,000 fraud targeting her customers
A Cartersville woman who operates an online store told BCSO deputies Monday that someone accessed her online payment account and charged $44,000 to her clients.
According to the incident report, the woman said the identity thieves got into her account with a company she uses for credit purchases, and charged 41 sales to her customers totaling $25,000 and credited 11 unknown financial transaction cards with about $19,000.
A merchant account representative told the victim, whose account also was overdrawn, that the 11 cards were in Moscow, Russia, but no longer existed.
Acworth store site of Tuesday burglary
Deputies responding to an alarm at an Acworth thrift store around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday discovered two power meters removed from holders and a hole in the side of the building, according to BCSO the incident report.
It appeared as though B & B Thrift and Gift at 5890 Glade Road had been entered, but it is unclear in the report if anything was taken.
Suspected burglar may have been injured in electric fence
A man whose property has been damaged twice since the end of August told BCSO deputies Monday he believes a suspected burglar may have been shocked by an electric fence.
According to the incident report, the fence, insulators and control boxes at the property on West Oak Grove Road in Adairsville were extensively damaged Aug. 28. A witness reported screaming after dark that evening.
Weeks later and after it had been repaired, the same property was damaged again and another witness saw a man jump the fence that evening. The woman saw a man around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
The property is unoccupied, and the amount of damages was not reported to deputies.