Fayette crime reports: 4 burglaries, 5 entering autos, 1 arrest

Fayette crime reports: 4 burglaries, 5 entering autos, 1 arrest

The period of March 20-25 came with four burglaries and five entering autos in locations around Fayette County.

A March 21 burglary at a Fletcher Ford Road residence off Antioch Road in south Fayette resulted in the arrest of 35-year-old Joseph Louis Skinner, of Griffin, on charges burglary, fleeing and attempting to elude and numerous traffic offenses, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Items stolen included two nail guns, two air compressors, a miter saw, skill saw and a backpack blower, said Babb.

Babb said deputies received a call about a suspicious vehicle at the residence, a rental pick-up truck backed to the garage. The rental truck left the scene prior to the first deputy arriving, but was spotted a short time later on Ga. Highway 92 South, Babb said.

Refusing to pull over, Skinner drove the vehicle into Henry County, then into Clayton County, where he was stopped and taken into custody, Babb said.

Babb said Skinner is believed to be connected to a March 20 burglary a short distance away at an Anna Lane residence. Though no forced entry was detected, the burglary resulted in the theft of jewelry, watches, two handguns and a mini-bike, said Babb.

A third burglary occurred at a Lester Road residence on March 22 where an outdoor shed was entered and a trailer stolen. The trailer contained sections of granite, a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and cabinets, Babb said.

An entering auto occurred at the tennis center on Planterra Way in Peachtree City on March 21. The passenger window was smashed and a purse was stolen from the seat, according to police reports.

A second entering auto at the tennis center was reported a short time later, also on March 21.

This vehicle also had the passenger window smashed and a backpack stolen, police said. The vehicle owner said the incident occurred sometime between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Another entering auto in Peachtree City occurred on March 21 at a business on Lexington Circle on the city’s east side. Reported at approximately 7:30 p.m., the vehicle’s front passenger window was smashed and two make-up bags were stolen, police reports said.

An entering auto occurred on March 21 at a business along Ga. Highway 54 near Peachtree City. Babb said the driver’s window was smashed and a purse and cash was stolen. The purse was in plain sight, Babb added.

Two entering autos and a burglary occurred in Tyrone on March 23.

The entering autos were at the Wendell Coffee Golf Center where the passenger side window in both vehicles were smashed and items such as a purse, a laptop and a handgun were stolen.

The burglary occurred at a Valleywood Road residence where an outbuilding was entered and a drill and horse clippers stolen.