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Two more tractor-trailers

stolen from Braselton stop

•BRASELTON - Two tractor-trailers were reportedly stolen from the Pilot Travel Center at 5888 Ga. Highway 53 last week. They were the second and third tractor-trailers reported stolen in Braselton in one week.

On March 6 a driver told Braselton police he left his blue Freightliner and its flatbed near the fuel island at the Pilot gas station. After being inside 10 or 15 minutes, he returned to find the tractor trailer gone, he told police.

The trucking company is attempting to locate the truck through its GPS tracking system. Police had no suspects at press time.

A blue Kenworth tractor with a flatbed trailer was taken from the same location Saturday, according to police reports.

The driver told Braselton police he parked in the rear lot and went in the store for 20 or 30 minutes. While talking on the phone, the driver said he watched a white man, 5-foot, 9-inches to 6-feet-tall weighing between 260 to 300 pounds, prowling around the truck. When he went back outside, the tractor-trailer was gone, replaced by a trail of broken glass, according to police reports.

The trailer was later found at Interstate 85 exit 129.

Couple steals $70 in groceries

•BRASELTON - A couple shoplifted about $70 worth of merchandise from the Publix Supermarket at 2095 Ga. Highway 211 March 5, according to police reports.

Clerks told police that a black woman distracted front desk workers while a black man pushed a buggy loaded with merchandise out the door. The manager asked both parties for a receipt. The man and woman sped away with two more black men in a tan Mercury Marquis.

Man has to return dirt

•BRASELTON - A contractor had to return some dirt to a neighboring property owner when his worker dug across property lines Thursday.

The owner of the property adjoining a construction site at Ga. highways 124 and 211 showed a Braselton police officer a map of the property lines. The owner and contractor walked the boundaries to determine the amount of dirt that needed to be replaced.

Gwinnett

Police, Sheriff's Departments raise thousands for charity

•DULUTH - The Gwinnett County Police Department and Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department both had representatives climb on to the roofs of local Krispy Kremes this weekend to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The two local law enforcement units turned it into a competition of sorts, with Sgt. Mike Pearson of the Police Department saying he would shave his head if Gwinnett police collected $8,000, said Stacy Bourbonnais, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.

Bourbonnais said the Police Department did collect the money by Saturday evening and Pearson was set to shave his head before 7 p.m.

Bourbonnais said the Sheriff's Department had raised $3,000 by the same time Saturday, but was not worried because the department had until

6 p.m. today to pull ahead of the Police Department.

"The sheriff usually does his best fundraising at the ninth hour, so we'll be all right," Bourbonnais said.

Men try to rob Waffle House

•DULUTH - Two men attempted to rob the Waffle House at 3335 Steve Reynolds Blvd. on Friday, police said.

According to a police report, two black men entered the restaurant about 2 a.m. demanding the cook open the register.

The employee told the men he did not have access to the register and both robbers fled after unsuccessfully trying to removed the register from the counter.

The cook said both men had bandannas covering their faces and one was armed with a shotgun.

Would-be mugger deterred

•DULUTH - A Norcross woman said a man attempted to rob her Saturday as she exited the QuikTrip gas station at 3844 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth.

The woman was in the parking lot when a Hispanic man approached her demanding all her money, according to a police report.

When the woman told him she did not have any money she said he demanded her cigarettes.

The man fled when an onlooker approached the two and told the man he had a gun.

The woman told police she thinks she has seen the man before at the Gwinnett Diner asking the wait staff for money.

Fire

Candle likely cause of blaze

•DULUTH - Firefighters believe workers hired to clean a home at 198 Lakeshore Drive in Duluth accidentally started a fire Monday when they left a candle burning in the attic.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said the workers thought they blew out the candle when they left the home for a break.

Rutledge said no one was injured and the home was unoccupied.

He said flames were through the roof when firefighters arrived at 4:57 p.m. but firefighters had the fire under control about 5 p.m.

- From staff reports