Burglars hit Mission Road Elementary
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Authorities believe more than one suspect was involved in an early-morning burglary at Mission Road Elementary in Cartersville. Teachers and staff around 9:30 a.m. were still checking school and personal property, but preliminary reports indicate burglars got away with $1,800 in cash, which included fundraising money, and a $1,000 laptop computer.

"They forced their way through a door, broke a window to an office," Chief Dan Knowles said. "Then went into the main office just looking for money. They did get a laptop and just went through every drawer looking for anything.

"I would say it's more than one [person] based on how much they were able to do in that short of a period of time," Knowles said, adding a burglar alarm sounded. "By the time we got folks there, they were already gone. They were pretty quick so I think it's more than one."

Students' routines were minimally affected by the incident. Knowles said the only change was students were served breakfast in their homerooms to allow staff to clean up the lunchroom and kitchen, in which a window was broken.

If you have information on the incident, call 911 or the Bartow County Sheriff's Office at 770-382-5050, option 7 for dispatch; the school at 770-606-5863; or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 770-606-8477.

Cartersville-Bartow County Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips and rewards are available for information leading to an arrest and can be retrieved anonymously.

Man arrested on sexual battery charge

Bartow County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested a local man Monday and charged him with sexual battery.

According to the incident report, a 27-year-old Adairsville woman told deputies Charles Larry Edmondson Sr., 56, of 95 Cedar Creek Road, Cartersville, inappropriately touched a woman while she was sleeping on the couch at a Cedar Creek Road home in Cartersville.

Edmondson was arrested and charged with sexual battery under the Family Violence Act.

Security, deputies interrupt substation burglary

A man seen on surveillance cameras carrying wire from a substation off Highway 140 near Siniard Road in Adairsville fled the scene just before deputies arrived Monday about 11:20 p.m.

According to the BCSO incident report, deputies found a hole in the fence and the man was seen escaping through it. A search of the area was unsuccessful.

Although the proprietor recovered copper wiring left near the fence, he reported other materials valued at $2,000 stolen.

Burglar shatters window, takes cash from business

Cartersville police were called to a burglar alarm Tuesday about 3 a.m. and surveillance footage showed a man breaking a window and taking a cash box.

According to the incident report, the man wearing black gloves and a black ski mask threw a rock at the window at The Still Wine and Spirits at 1159 Burnt Hickory Road in Cartersville.

He went to the back room and took the box containing $50 in small bills, and left via Burnt Hickory Road.