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On March 1 a larceny complaint was filed at an Old Post Road location. According to reports, a woman reported that sometime between January 1 and February 1 someone took seven jewelry items from a top drawer of a bedroom dresser. The woman said the items are valued at $7,000.

On March 1 a recovery of a stolen vehicle report was filed at the Morgan County Tax Commissioner Office, Hancock Street. According to reports, a tag office employee stated that a woman was attempting to renew a tag on a 2000 Lexus and that the tag office had been advised that the vehicle had been reported stolen on February 23, 2012 from Bethlehem Pa. Reports state that the woman who was attempting to renew the tag said she had acquired the car from her aunt who told police she had acquired the car on October 12, 2013 from AM Used Cars, Athens Highway, Madison.

]A woman at AM Used Cars said the car had been acquired from Peach State Auto Auction in Loganville on August 26, 2013 and that the registered owner at that time was Title Max in Conyers which had produced a clear title at the time of the sell.

The woman said the title was sent to the state of Georgia for a new title but that the state had just recently informed her there was trouble with the title. The vehicle was seized and is currently being held for the Pennsylvania owner.

On March 2 a simple battery complaint was filed at an Orchard Grove location. According to reports, a woman stated that after she and a man had spent the night at a motel, she noticed that $14 of her $20 was missing. The woman said another woman came to the motel to pick up the couple and a child and on the ride back into Madison she asked the man about the money.

The woman said the man became irate and punched her in the face several times. The man said the woman initiated the argument and he only touched her after she had attempted to grab the vehicle’s steering wheel and then exit the moving car with the baby.

On February 24 a counterfeiting complaint was filed at Cato’s, Eatonton Road. According to reports, officers were advised that a woman in a red GMC Acadia had just attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the store and when she failed she left.

The vehicle was stopped while turning into the Steak N’ Shake parking lot. Reports state that the driver of the vehicle showed an officer a $100 bill. The vehicle and the four passengers were taken back to Cato and the bill was showed to the complainant.

The complainant said she had marked the bill the woman attempted to pass with a pen and that the legitimate bill was not the one the woman attempted to pass. Officers located a torn up counterfeit bill in the vehicle, recently purchased food, drink and clothing and a loaded pistol. They also learned that three of the four passengers in the vehicle were convicted felons.

Those three individuals, (names, ages, addresses not available) were detained and the woman was releases at the scene.

The following day, reports state, another report was filed at Regions Banks, Eatonton Road, after an employee stated that while she checked the night deposits she noticed that three counterfeit $100 bills had been deposited from three different customer accounts.

Officers interviewed managers at the three stores and retrieved video evidence of the same people spending the counterfeit money at those three stores as the same persons who attempted to pass the counterfeit bill at Cato’s.

On February 25 a fraud complaint was filed at a Penor Street location. According to reports, a man stated that he had received a phone call from a man named Gary Gonzales.

The complainant said Gonzales spoke with a heavy Indian accent and said that the complainant had been awarded a $7,000 grant because he had paid his bills on time.

The caller said the complainant had to wire $250 to another person for “Identification verification expense.”

The man said he wired the money to a “Daniel Jones” but since then he has not received the grant. The man said the money had been wired to India. On February 26 a shoplifting complaint was filed at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road.

According to reports, a woman stated that a white male had taken a 24” Vizio television without paying for the item. The man left the store in a silver Chevrolet SUV.

Reports state that it may be the same male who, last week, stole IPods from the store.

On February 20 a shoplifting complaint was filed at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman stated that she observed a white female approach a closed checkout aisle and place several items in a bag.

The woman then attempted to leave the stored but was confronted. The woman then left the bag in a shopping cart and fled the store.

The bag contained washing detergent, liquid Potpourri, Febreeze air freshener, Glade wax melts, dryer sheets, air freshener and a 50 pack of tea candles.

The woman left the store in a Honda Civic registered to a Buckhead, Ga. man. A deputy went to the Buckhead location but could not locate the man or the vehicle, reports state. On February 24 Barry Wilson Brown, 64, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, DUI, no insurance, operation of an unregistered vehicle and habitual violator.

According to reports, a vehicle Brown was driving was stopped on Eatononton Road for suspended registration and no valid insurance. Consequent to the stop, an officer learned that Brown’s license had been revoked in 1988. The officer also allegedly located a small amount of suspected crack cocaine in a vile on Brown’s person. On February 15 a simple assault complaint was filed at Wal Mart.

According to reports, a Stone Mountain man stated that he came to check on his girlfriend and when she was not at her residence he went to Wal Mart and observed her car in the parking lot.

The man said he waited and then observed the woman leaving the store with another man. The man said he confronted the two and asked the woman to return his friendship ring when the other man placed the complainant in a choke hold. The woman said as she left the store the man confronted her and she removed the ring and threw it across the parking lot.

She said the man continued to berate her and reached into her vehicle and grabbed her legs and her cell phone and threw the cell phone into the parking lot. The woman said the man then raised his hands to strike her when the other man grabbed the complainant and told him to leave. The woman said the complainant then pulled a knife, yelled “self defense” and threw a bottle of lotion at the second man.

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