By Patrick Yost
A Morgan County man faces five counts of theft by taking and a burglary charge after a two-week crime spree that included robbery of residences from Pierce Dairy Road to the Atlanta Highway.
On Wednesday, Feb. 13 Travis Deshawn Adams, 23, Madison was arrested at his Seven Islands Road residence without incident after investigators identified Adams as a suspect in a string of burglaries.
According to Lt. Brandon Sellers Adams was arrested, in part, after an investigation concluded that he had sold stolen truck and commercial grade batteries, sometimes on the same day that they had been stolen.
Sellers said Sgt. Chase Young, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office determined that Adams had allegedlyß sold six commercial batteries that had been taken during a robbery of a Madison by-pass residence and the next day he sold four more commercial batteries. Young determined that 10 batteries in total had been taken from the Madison by-pass residence.
Five batteries taken from a Pierce Dairy Road residence were also found to have been sold, Sellers said.
When officers approached Adams at his Seven Islands Road residence, Sellers said, Adams allegedly gave the officers permission to search. A host of other allegedly stolen items were located at the residence including a four-wheeler, chainsaws, a dirt bike, gun and battery charger, Sellers said.
In total, Adams is charged with one count burglary and five counts theft by taking in connection with the thefts.
In an unrelated burglary, officers arrested and charged John Nicholson, 42, Stone Mountain and Craig Zadorozny, 42, Decatur with one count burglary in connection with a Aug. 14, 2018 burglary on Doster Road.
According to Sellers, Sgt. Ellen Welch, criminal investigations division, was able to extract a single finger print from a liquor bottle recovered at the scene of the burglary. Investigators used the Winder Police Department to run the finger print through the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System and were able to match the print to Nicholson, he said.
Morgan County officers in conjunction with DeKalb County Police Department officers investigated both Nicholson and Zadorozny and were able to make both the arrests and recover items taken from the Doster Road burglary including a four-wheeler, a deer stand and camping equipment. During a search of Zadorozny’s residence other suspected stolen items from various jurisdictions were also located, Sellers said.