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2 charged with Oakwood area burglary
Deputy: Items from Apache Circle home found in vehicle, along with 3-year-old girl
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A Tuesday morning burglary and car chase in Oakwood ended with two arrests, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office. It was the second burglary in the area this week.

About 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a resident of Apache Circle called to report two men removing items from her neighbor's house, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

The two left the scene and drove away when deputies attempted to stop the vehicle.

The suspects lost control of the vehicle near the intersection of Holiday Lane and McEver Road, sheriff's officials said.

One ran but was stopped by Oakwood Police a short distance away while the driver was held at the scene.

Items taken from the Apache Circle home were found in the vehicle.

A 3-year-old girl was also in the car and was been placed in custody of the Division of Family and Children Services, officials said.

Jesus Gonzalez Belmares, 22, of Gainesville was charged with burglary and second-degree cruelty to children, and Lazaro Lopez, 17, of Gainesville was charged with burglary.

On Monday, five people, including two juveniles, were charged with burglary following a home invasion in the 3600 block of Windy Hill Drive in Oakwood.

Deputies captured one of the suspects after arriving at the scene. The remaining suspects were tracked by a K-9 unit and spotted by an officer in a state patrol helicopter before being taken into custody around 10:25 a.m.

Col. Jeff Strickland, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the two cases are not believed to be related, but there has been an increase in burglaries in the area southwest of Gainesville in the last month.

"We have been allocating additional resources in that area," he said.

Strickland advised residents to be aware of their surroundings and call in any suspicious activities.
"We appreciate the vigilance of the citizens that are noticing things out of the ordinary in their neighborhood and are calling in," he said.

"This allows us to have a quick response to instances that are occurring."


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