Burglary victims recount friendship, man arrested

Patrick Yost News

Morgan County investigators made a quick arrest that, authorities believe, may have prevented future burglaries.

Joshua Nathan McCoy, 29, was arrested without incident on Nov. 30 at a Garden Avenue, Buckhead residence after authorities working leads garnered from local pawn shops allegedly made a connection between McCoy and two burglaries.

According to Sgt. Brandon Sellers, Criminal Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were familiar with McCoy, in part, because he had been arrested two weeks prior to the burglaries on a financial transaction card theft after he allegedly used a relative’s debit card to withdraw $1,200 from the relative’s account.

On Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. a woman reported that her Greensboro Road residence had been burglarized and more than $2,000 in firearms had been taken.  Reports indicate that a bedroom window had been broken during the burglary, however, Sellers said, the window remained full of jagged glass and could not have been used to gain entry. However, he said, the complainant was “friends” with McCoy and reported after the theft that McCoy would have known how to gain access to the house.

On the same day a man at a Bostwick Highway residence, also “friends” with McCoy, told officer that someone had taken a .45 caliber handgun from the residence. The complainant’s told authorities that days before the burglary McCoy had attempted to borrow money from the victim.

All the firearms were recovered from area pawn shops, Sellers said, and returned to their owners.

Sellers said McCoy also faces burglary charges in both Gwinnett and Walton counties.

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