Middle school student arrested

•WINDER - A Russell Middle School student was arrested and charged with battery April 13.

According to police reports, a teacher saw a student hit another student in the back of the head with his hand. The incident reportedly occurred in the classroom. As the student walked back to his desk, he used a T-shirt to slap the student on the left side of the face, according to a police report.

The student who reportedly hit the other student was charged with battery and released to his mother's custody.

Winder police nab alleged shoplifter

•WINDER - A Winder police officer reportedly saw a woman shoplifting Saturday while he was checking for warrants on her.

The officer recognized Alicia Dukes, 34, of Bethlehem, inside Ingles at 285 N. Broad St. and had dispatch check for outstanding warrants. While the officer was waiting for those results, a store employee told the officer that Dukes was running from the store with unpaid items in a black bag, police reports state. The police report states that the officer found Dukes in the parking lot trying to get into a vehicle. The driver told the officer she did not know Dukes and didn't know why she was trying to get in the vehicle with her.

Police officers located the black bag in the bed of a pick-up truck owned by one of the Winder police officers assisting in her apprehension, police reports state. The items totaled $131.31 in value, according to police reports.

Dukes was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

Man foils alleged home burglary

•WINDER - A man searching for a house to rent reportedly discovered a burglary in progress Saturday.

The man called the home's owner when he found the phone number on a sign in the yard. He told the owner that two men were loading items from the house into a car parked in back. When the owner told him the house should be empty, he called police.

Winder police officers arrested Shane Leger, 36, of Winder, and charged him with burglary. Police continue searching for the other man.

Thief takes man's car keys

•NORCROSS - A Norcross man said he was robbed of his car keys Wednesday night but the thief did not take his car.

According to a police report, the man was outside his Jasmine Village Apartment building located at 6308 Jasmine Village when a black man with a handgun approached him and demanded his apartment and car keys.

The man said the thief fled in a red Pontiac Grand Prix.

- From staff reports