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Investigators testify about man charged with long list of crimes
Caleb Mealor

More than a dozen charges were at the crux of a Flowery Branch man’s hearing Friday, which included armed robbery, aggravated battery and burglary.

Caleb Gary Mealor, 27, was charged last month with multiple offenses allegedly committed between February and July.

Investigator Matt Gaudio, the first of three witnesses, testified about alleged transaction card fraud from Feb. 24.

Mealor is accused of using someone else’s Visa credit card to purchase gas and food from a store in Hall County. Lt. Scott Ware said authorities do not believe Mealor stole that card, but that he was given the card by another person who did not have the authority to have it.

Gaudio said Mealor appeared in surveillance video pulled from a gas station on Mundy Mill Road.

“When I looked at the known photos of him with the surveillance video, it was all she wrote,” Gaudio said.

Following Gaudio was investigator Mark Mason, who told the judge about a 50-year-old man allegedly beaten with a handgun.

A witness told authorities they were in the driveway of a residence in the 1000 block of East Ridge Road when she saw Mealor and another man “pull (the victim) from the vehicle, begin pistol-whipping him, kicking him, hitting him.”

The men were wearing masks, Mason said, and the second man is currently in custody in Florida.

Mason said the two men had stayed the night before at the residence.

“Caleb Mealor had gotten the impression that … somebody had gotten into that bag and stolen money or drugs or both out of that bag and this was a retaliation for that,” Mason said.

The victim was taken to the emergency room, having suffered a gash to his head along with a broken arm and two broken ribs.

Mealor is also accused of stealing a woman’s 2006 Volkswagen Passat from the home along with a laptop computer, cellphone, a wallet and debit card, according to Ware.

The car was later found in northern Florida after a hit-and-run incident, Mason said.

Warrant officers and deputies tracked Mealor to Chicopee Village, when he attempted to run away, according to testimony.

An officer testified Mealor allegedly discarded a handgun, methamphetamine and roughly 3 grams of “gray death” heroin.

“Gray death” is a potent form of the opioid substance, which local law enforcement will not field test because of its lethality.

Mealor was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, first-degree burglary, two counts of obstruction, false information to an officer, four counts of theft by taking, two counts of theft by deception, forgery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, transaction card fraud, possession of a drug object, possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, criminal trespass and abandonment of a dangerous drug, according to a July statement released by Ware.

The case moved on to Superior Court.