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Man given five years behind bars for burglary, theft
Richard Lee Jackson
Richard Lee Jackson

A Dahlonega man may no longer enter a Walmart or Lowe’s in both Hall and Dawson counties after taking a negotiated plea last month, according to court documents concerning probation.

Richard Lee Jackson, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of smash-and-grab burglary and two counts of theft by taking, one of which is a felony.

He was given a 15-year sentence by Judge David Burroughs, with the first five years to be served in confinement. The rest may be served on probation.

According to the terms of probation, Jackson must perform 80 hours of community service and he “shall not enter the premises of Walmart and Lowe’s in Hall and Dawson County.”

Jackson was originally charged in March last year by Oakwood Police with theft by shoplifting, criminal damage to property, and two counts of driving on a suspended license.

Oakwood Police Investigator Todd Templeton said officers from Oakwood, Dawson County and Lumpkin County searched Jackson’s home March 21, 2018.

“Upon executing the search warrant, officers located merchandise stolen from Walmart stores in Oakwood, Gainesville, Dawsonville, Buford, Cleveland, Canton, and two stores in Cumming,” Templeton said at the time of Jackson’s arrest. “In addition to the Walmart merchandise, investigators also recovered three John Deere riding lawn mowers that had been stolen from Lowe’s in the city of Gainesville, power tools from Home Depot, a landscaping trailer stolen from a residence in Hall County, and a four-wheeler stolen from a residence in Forsyth County.”

Defense attorney Matt Cavedon declined to comment.

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