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Police and Fire Briefs

Man tries to pawn stolen items

•NORCROSS - A Norcross man police believe is responsible for a Jan. 29 robbery was arrested Saturday.

According to a police report, Horace Lee Durden, 41, of 5885 Oak Brook Parkway, attempted to pawn items allegedly stolen from a Norcross home.

The manager of Royal Pawn in Norcross notified police because he thought the items were similar to those a customer told him were stolen.

After questioning Durden, police arrested him. Durden is charged with theft by receiving.

Pizza delivery man robbed on the job

•DULUTH - An 18-year-old pizza delivery man told police he was robbed Saturday after he made a delivery at the Breckinridge Apartments.

According to a police report, two black men approached the man with a gun and demanded money.

The men fled after taking about $15 from the victim and throwing his wallet on the ground.

Police were told the men fled in a gray-colored passenger car.

Buford Dairy Queen robbed

•BUFORD - The owner of a Buford Dairy Queen at 2295 Buford Highway told police the business was robbed Thursday.

According to a police report, employee arrived at the restaurant finding the drive through window broken and 24 checks totaling about $6,000 missing from the register.

Employees told police they believe a former employee may be responsible.

Police dog helps catch fleeing suspect

•BRASELTON - A man who allegedly failed to use his turn signal was later bitten by a police dog and arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, fleeing police and numerous traffic charges, police reports state.

A Braselton patrol officer attempted to stop Eric Eugene Mitchell, 26, of Gainesville for reportedly failing to signal a lane change. Instead of stopping his car, Mitchell allegedly ran a red light. The passenger, Jeremiah Daniel Mitchell, 21, of Flowery Branch threw something out the car's window. Eric Mitchell stopped the car and ran off on foot.

A Gwinnett County K-9 unit assisted in capturing Eric Mitchell, during which time the police dog bit him, reports said. Emergency Medical personnel checked Mitchell's bite.

The packet thrown out the window reportedly contained less than one ounce of marijuana and six Percoset pills. Both men were arrested.

Grass fires break out in Winder

•WINDER - Winder firefighters extinguished two small brush fires Monday. Firefighters were first called to Ga. Highway 11 South near Punkin Junction Road at 1:41 p.m. to extinguish a fire in the grass beside the road. About an hour later, a second fire broke out on Ga. 11 South about 200 yards from the first.

Both fires covered approximate 10-by-20-foot areas.

Chief Raymond Mattison said they weren't sure what started the fires. He speculated that they could have started from a small spark created by nearby roadwork, given Monday's dry, windy weather. No homes were in danger and the fires were extinguished within about three minutes, Mattison said.

- From staff reports