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Police and fire reports

Men detain accused thief

•NORCROSS - An employee of a Dawsonville heating and air conditioning company said he captured and tied down a man trying to steal drills off his company work van last week.

The Home Heating and Air Conditioning employee said he saw a man, later identified as Edwin Ernesto Jarquin-Esparada, taking the tools out of the van while the employee was working at a home on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross, a police report said.

He said he cornered Jarquin-Esparada at a fence in a nearby patch of woods and demanded his tools back. The man said he convinced Jarquin-Esparada to return the items if he gave him $5.

The man and his father tackled Jarquin-Esparada and tied his wrists and feet together with plastic ties when Jarquin-Esparada threatened the men with a gun and attempted to follow them back to their van.

The men were able to detain the 32-year-old man until police arrived and arrested him.

Man charged with fraud

•NORCROSS - An Atlanta man was charged with forgery, credit card fraud and giving false information to a police officer after attempting to withdraw $3,500 at the Singleton Road Banking Center last Wednesday.

Prentice Lee Bullard, 40, tried to use a fake Tennessee drivers license and a fraudulent bank card to receive money, but a bank teller discovered the account was marked for identity theft and detained the man until police arrived at the 650 Singleton Road bank, according to a police report.

Bullard told police a man named Larry gave him the fake cards and told him to withdraw the money.

Bullard was also wanted in Fulton County and is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail, according to jail records.

Family robbed by 3 teens

•SNELLVILLE - A Snellville family was robbed at their home on Glynn Mill Court on Sunday, police said.

Three black men kicked in the family's back door and beat the husband and held a knife to his throat while demanding money, according to a police report.

The man said he was dragged into the kitchen and his wife and child were forced from an upstairs bedroom downstairs to sit on the kitchen floor with him. The men continued to demand cash from the couple, then took the woman's wedding rings and fled the home.

The three were locked in the laundry room, but later escaped and called police.

The woman and child were not injured but the man was treated for minor injuries at his home.

The man said the men were dressed in dark clothing with blue bandannas over their faces and believed they were in their late teens.

Fire starts in closet

•NORCROSS - Smoke coming from a warehouse located behind the Georgia Antique Market at 1916 Graves Road in Norcross about 10:14 p.m. Monday is believed to have originated in a storage closet, firefighters said.

The flames were contained to the closet by a sprinkler system and the fire did not extend to the rest of the building.

Firefighters said the business was closed at the time and no injuries were reported. Firefighters are unsure what started the fire.

Candle fire damages home

•AUBURN - A basement fire in an Auburn home on Bee Maxey Road was quickly extinguished, but heat and smoke damaged much of the house Sunday.

Firefighters believe the blaze was started by an unattended candle on a coffee table.

Woman arrested after

dog was taken from shelter

•WINDER - A Winder woman was arrested March 15 when she reportedly retrieved a dog she had earlier left at the Barrow County Animal Shelter.

Stacey Wade, no age given, reportedly returned to the shelter a short time after leaving the stray dog, demanding it back. Officers told her she could adopt the dog.

Wade entered the kennel, took the dog and left with it without formally adopting it, police reports said. Wade told a Barrow County deputy sheriff that she didn't want the dog to die, reports said.

Wade was charged with theft by taking.

- From staff reports