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Long-sought burglary suspect now in Hall jail

POSTED: January 9, 2009 12:43 a.m.

One of Hall County’s most wanted was arrested at a Commerce motel Wednesday night after more than a year on the run, authorities said.

Richard David Anderson, 43, of Gainesville, was wanted on several outstanding warrants related to nonviolent property crimes.

Col. Jeff Strickland said Anderson was wanted in the March 18 burglary of the Animal Medical Center on Thompson Bridge Road and a March 1 car break-in on Browns Bridge Road. Authorities also are investigating whether Anderson was involved in additional burglaries, Strickland said.

"He was considered our crime suppression unit’s most wanted person, and he had eluded us several times," Strickland said.

Anderson, whose last known address was on Pierce Road, was arrested at about 7 p.m. Wednesday by sheriff’s officials and U.S. Marshals at the Scottish Inn on U.S. 441 in Banks County.

Anderson also was wanted on charges dating to 2007 that included possessing a car with an altered identification number, making harassing phone calls and terroristic threats. He is wanted on unspecified charges in Lumpkin County and Henderson County, N.C., as well, officials said.

Anderson remains in the Hall County Jail.



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