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Police & fire reports

Christmas decorations stolen

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Christmas decorations were stolen from the front yards of two Lawrenceville homes Saturday.

Someone took two, five-foot inflatable decorations from a yard on Napier Close Road.

According to a police report, a neighbor told police he saw a white passenger car parked in front of the house and when the car left he noticed the missing decorations.

A similar decoration, an inflatable nutcracker, was also stolen from a yard on Providence Drive.

The inflatables stolen from both homes were worth nearly $150. Police are unsure if the thefts are related.

$500 stolen from market

•SNELLVILLE - Nearly $500 was stolen from the Always Fresh Neighborhood Market at 5385 Five Forks Trickum Road over the weekend.

According to a police report, someone entered the store Friday or Saturday by prying the door lock open. Cash was removed from the store office and coins removed from registers located in the main part of the store.

Man robbed, beaten by 4 men

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man was robbed Sunday while attempting to visit a friend at the Chelsa Park Apartments at 3400 Chelsa Park Lane.

The 36-year-old man told police he was confronted by four black men outside the apartment building.

According to a police report, the men demanded money and beat him up, taking his wallet when he told them he did not have any cash.

The victim's nose was broken, but he sustained no life threatening injuries.

Woman reports jewelry stolen

•WINDER - A woman staying in a hotel after her house burned down told police her jewelry was taken from her hotel room Sunday.

The woman said the Red Cross had put her up in the hotel temporarily. She reportedly told the hotel cleaning staff not to clean her room that day. She left the hotel and returned three hours later to find the beds made and her jewelry box emptied onto the bed, police reports said. The woman told police the most valuable pieces were gone. The missing jewelry was valued at $15,000.

No arrests had been made at press time.

Woman's car dented

•WINDER - A woman and man were sitting in her car in the parking lot at Winder-Barrow High School waiting for her sister to finish practice Friday. A male juvenile known to the woman allegedly drove in behind her car, blocking it from leaving. The juvenile got out of the car, kicked a dent in the woman's car and spit on the window. The juvenile was charged with criminal trespass and terroristic threats.

Passerby reports brush fire

•AUBURN - Firefighters responded to a passerby's call reporting a brush fire off of Bill Cheek Road near Braselton Highway on Tuesday.

Fire crews arrived to find nearly one acre of land burning off the side of the road.

Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department, said no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Outbuilding destroyed by blaze

•DULUTH - Investigators continue to question witnesses concerning a fire that destroyed an outbuilding outside a Duluth home.

Investigators believe the blaze was started by juveniles playing with fire. Fire officials will not release the exact cause because the investigation is ongoing. The fire cause damage to a nearby fence but did not extend to the main house.

The residents of the Chaffin Ridge residence were not home at the time and no injuries were reported.

- From staff reports