Police arrest armed robbery suspect

•WINDER - Police arrested an alleged robber Friday morning when they found him hiding under his mother's bed.

Lt. Dennis Dorsey, spokesman for the Winder Police Department, said 27-year-old Timothy Lamar Jones allegedly robbed a Jefferson convenience store Friday morning.

Police found him hiding under his mother's bed at 120 Duke St. about 3 a.m., Dorsey said. He was transferred to Jackson County. In addition to the armed robbery charge he faces in Jackson County, Jones faces charges of possession of cocaine and obstruction in Winder, Dorsey said.

He allegedly tried to run from police, but didn't get off the front porch of the home.

Man charged with making false report

•SUGAR HILL - A Duluth man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly lied to police about being robbed at a home on Markin Forest Lane.

Billy Francis Jordan, 19, told a police officer that a former schoolmate named Curtis threatened him with a metal pipe and stole his watch. The officer then spoke with Jordan's brother and friend. They said Jordan and Chris had been in a fight earlier that day, according to a police report. The witnesses said Jordan was angry about the argument, so he called authorities to report the phony robbery and get back at Curtis.

Jordan was charged with falsely reporting a crime.

Two men steal diamond

•DULUTH - Two men posing as customers at Rochell's Diamonds at Gwinnett Place Mall tricked a clerk by switching a diamond for a fake stone, according to police reports.

The suspects entered the store about 1 p.m. and asked to look at a diamond. The clerk allowed one of the men to pick up and examine the stone. The suspect then returned it to the clerk and asked to see a ring to place the diamond on.

The clerk grew suspicious, retrieving a precious stone scale to weigh the diamond as the men exited the store. After discovering it to be fake, the manager followed the men to the parking lot and confronted them.

The suspects admitted they had been caught and apologized. They gave the manager a diamond and asked him not to call the police, then drove away. That diamond also turned out to be fake.

The suspects are described as a heavy-set black man in his late 30s, about 250 pounds and 6 feet tall, and a smaller black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Graffiti painted on homes in Lawrenceville

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Vandals scrawled graffiti on four homes Monday on Morning Dew Place in Planters Cove subdivision. Neighbors said the improvised artwork had to have been painted between 4:30 and 6 p.m., according to a police report. The front passenger door on a GMC Yukon parked in front of one house was spray painted, and black and white paint was also sprayed on utility boxes and backyard fences on four other homes along the 2200 block of Morning Dew Place.

An officer took pictures to document the graffiti, however, there were no suspects.

- From staff reports