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Officials say man returned to stolen safe to find it empty - and get arrested
Scott Posey Renfroe

Armed with a drill, saw and crow bar, a College Park man allegedly attempted to break into a restaurant’s safe Tuesday, Aug. 28 in Flowery Branch, according to authorities.

The problem: Employees found him, and the safe was empty.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said the safe from Fish Tales on Hideaway Bay Marina was stolen Aug. 23 after the suspect cut through the beer cooler to enter the restaurant.

“The safe was hidden in a heavily wooded area on the property,” Ware wrote.

Before law enforcement arrived on the scene, the employees found the safe and “retrieved money and other valuable items” while “leaving the safe in the location it was discovered,” Ware said.

On Tuesday, employees reportedly found Scott Posey Renfroe, 35, attempting to get into the safe. Renfroe was arrested after employees called 911.

Ware confirmed the safe was empty on Tuesday.

“At the time of his arrest, he had in his possession a bag of tools which included a saw, a drill, gloves, drill bits and a crow bar,” Ware wrote.

Renfroe was booked Wednesday, Aug. 29, in to the Hall County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, criminal trespass and possession of tools of the crime of burglary.

Ware said he also has an outstanding warrant from Cobb County.

Renfroe is being held on a $17,100 bond, and the case is still under investigation.

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