Report: Woman raped near convenience store

WINDER - A 44-year-old Winder woman said she was raped Wednesday after a late-night trip to a convenience store, according to a police report.

The woman told police she had gone to McNeal Market at 10:45 p.m. to get cigarettes and something to drink when she was grabbed from behind as she exited her Chevy Cavalier. She was pulled into another vehicle and raped, the report said.

The woman told police she did not see her attacker and did not see the type of vehicle she was thrown into. She reported the incident Thursday morning after she called her husband at work and told him to come home and take her to the hospital.

The woman slept on the couch fully clothed and said she did not remember how she had gotten home, according to the police report.

Man carjacked, held at gunpoint after offering aid

WINDER - A Winder man was carjacked after attempting to help what he thought was a stranded motorist March 18.

Robert Burnine, 53, was on his way home from work when he saw a dark-colored Chevy Monte Carlo parked in front of the G and S shop with its hood up, according to a police report.

Burnine told police he pulled in to offer assistance when a black man jumped into his back seat and told him to drive, saying he had a gun.

The man grabbed Burnine by the throat and pointed the gun at him, the report said, taking his wallet from his back pocket. He reportedly told Burnine to take him to the Home Port at Hog Mountain and Argonne roads, where he exited the vehicle and threw a clod of dirt at the driver's side window.

A 34-year-old Decatur man was stopped in Oconee County after his vehicle and person matched Burnine's description, according to the police report, but the Barrow County Police Department was unable to confirm that he was the suspect.

About $10,000 reported stolen from EZ Buy store

WINDER - About $10,000 was reported stolen from the EZ Buy on Jefferson Highway on March 13.

When police arrived at the store, they found the front window shattered. Surveillance video showed that three white men with masks, gloves and hoods broke the glass with a hammer and took money from a safe and other items from the store, according to the police report.

Police found rolls of change, cigars, candy bars, cigarettes and shoe prints in a wooded area outside the store.

Man robs Norcross store

NORCROSS - An unidentified man on Tuesday robbed the Abbarrotes Cinco de Mayo store at 3330 Peachtree Corners Circle.

The suspect entered the store about 2:12 p.m., went to a cashier and said, "I don't want to hurt you. Give me all of the money," according to police reports. The robber emptied the contents of the cash register and a deposit box into his pants.

Before leaving, the suspect told the cashier not to call police or "something bad would happen to her," police reports stated. The robber is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He wore a white hooded sweatshirt over his head and a white bandanna over his face.

Man taken for evaluation

BUFORD - A Buford man with a known history of mental problems set fire to his own house Tuesday on Mobilis Court in Buford, according to police reports.

Police and firefighters responded to a fire alarm about 1 a.m. to find a blaze burning in an upstairs bonus room. Richard Gerard Miller, 45, allegedly used model car racing fuel and his blowtorch to start the fire. He then opened a window and turned on a fan in the room to fuel the flames, police reports stated.

Firefighters were able to douse the fire. An officer en route to the house passed Miller in his vehicle pulling out of the subdivision. He followed Miller to a nearby store, where Miller parked and got out of his vehicle. The offer asked who started the fire and Miller allegedly replied he did "because of the Internet spam and the craw that is on the TV."

Miller said Bill Gates was responsible and he could burn the house down if he wanted to. Police transported Miller to Gwinnett Medical Center for mental evaluation.

- From staff reports