Investigators from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office made multiple arrests in burglary cases during the past week, charging five people.
David Victor Patterson, 17, of Gainesville was arrested last week in connection with two burglaries on Forest South Place and Our Road in Oakwood. Patterson was charged with possession of an item with an altered serial number, possession of a firearm under the age of 18 and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Col. Jeff Strickland.
Investigators found several items at Patterson’s home, including three rifles, two shotguns, three handguns, a chain saw, jewelry, a digital video recorder, a digital camera, handheld Palm Pilots and several iPods, according to Strickland.
Patterson is being held in the Hall County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
The second arrest was made on Tuesday, when investigators arrested Fredrick Leon Finley, 26, of Lula and charged him with criminal attempt to commit burglary. The charge stems from an earlier incident when a door was kicked in at a residence in the 4900 block of Gillsville Highway, Strickland said.
Finley allegedly kicked in the door and entered the residence, according to Strickland. Once inside, he was confronted by the homeowner and fled in a 1994 green Saturn station wagon, Strickland said. He later was stopped by deputies and arrested in Lula.
Finley is being held at the Hall County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
An adult, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old also have been arrested following the investigation of another Oakwood burglary.
James William Holmes III, 17, of Flowery Branch and a 16-year-old each were charged with one count of burglary. Jamie Edward Williams, 21, of Jefferson was charged with party to the crime of burglary.
Holmes is being held without bond at the Hall County Jail, and Williams is being held on a $15,000 bond.
Holmes and the 16-year-old also were charged in a burglary in Flowery Branch. Holmes was charged with theft by receiving of a firearm and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The 16-year-old was charged with burglary.
Two stolen firearms were recovered from Holmes during this investigation, according to Strickland.
"Investigators believe they will solve a number of other burglaries as this investigation continues and additional charges will follow," Strickland said.
All incidents remain under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division.