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Police/fire reports

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Bottle with gas used to start fire

•LILBURN - A Lilburn couple said someone tried to set their house on fire Friday morning.

According to a police report, the couple heard someone trying to enter their home then heard a large explosion outside.

When the man living at the home on Lancaster Circle went outside to see what was happening and saw a small fire in his front yard and a more flames coming from his roof.

When the Gwinnett County Fire Department arrived firefighters found a beer bottle with gasoline and a rag still on fire on top of the roof.

The report said the family also had a vehicle that was stolen and set on fire on June 3.

The information concerning the fires were turned over to a Gwinnett County arson investigator.

Lightning sets house on fire

•LILBURN - Firefighters believe lightning caused a fire that damaged a Lilburn home.

Neighbors reported the fire at a home on Cross Creek Drive in Lilburn shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.

According to a Gwinnett County Fire Department press release, fire crews found smoke and flames coming from the two-story house when they arrived. It took about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

The fire caused damage to the attic area but did not spread any further.

Authorities said one man was home at the time but escaped without injuries. The man was displaced from his home but planned to stay with family.

Winder family loses house

•WINDER - A family of four was displaced Sunday afternoon when fire consumed their home at 1428 Flanagan Mill Drive. Their neighbor, J. J. Franklin, is credited with alerting the family to the fire.

Franklin discovered the home's front porch on fire and ran into its garage, yelling to get the residents' attention, according to fire reports. By the time firefighters arrived, fire was showing through the roof and a nearby home was damaged by its heat, reports state.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Man charged with cruelty to animals

•NORCROSS - A 27-year-old Norcross man was arrested Friday after police found his dog left in a car with the windows shut.

According to a police report, an officer patrolling a Norcross neighborhood heard the muffled sounds of a dog barking from inside a car and discovered a German Shepherd inside a dark-colored vehicle.

The officer was able to find the dog's owner, Agustin Sandoval Figueroa, at a nearby home on Marcelle Lane.

Figueroa told the officer the dog was his and he had just finished playing with her outside and she was only inside the vehicle for a little while.

Figueroa was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.

Man robs motel

•NORCROSS - A Motel 6 employee handed over more than $1,000 to an armed man Saturday afternoon.

According to a police report, a black man entered the hotel shortly before 2 p.m. demanding money.

The employee on duty said the man took the cash drawer she handed him and then he ran out of the motel.

She described the man as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 150 pounds and said he was wearing a black shirt and baseball cap.

Student cited for alleged shoplifting

•DULUTH - A University of Florida student was let off with a citation after allegedly attempting to steal from a Duluth store Thursday, a police report said.

The 19-year-old student was stopped by a loss prevention employee at the Fry's electronics store located at 3296 Commerce Ave. after he was seen putting unpaid for merchandise into his pants, the report said.

The miscellaneous merchandise was reportedly worth $123.44.

The student was released with a citation for shoplifting.

Man reports $11,000 stolen from truck

•BRASELTON - A man reported $11,000 stolen from his flatbed truck at the Pilot Travel Center, 5888 Ga. Highway 53.

The man told Braselton police that he parked around back with the 18-wheelers and went inside the Pilot. When he returned, he discovered the lock broken on his truck and $11,000 missing from the truck, according to police reports.

There were no suspects.

- From staff reports