Man charged with thefts

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Stone Mountain man arrested Thursday after allegedly breaking into an auto parts store has been implicated in two other heists, police said.

Gwinnett County police arrested Charles Olin Bradford, 20, at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday after performing an "area check" of a local business in the 2500 block of Lawrenceville Highway, according to reports.

Police said they originally responded to an auto parts store at 3345 Lawrenceville Highway, where video surveillance showed a white man used a crowbar to break the front window, enter the business and steal a cash register.

The man was seen driving away in a dark colored sport utility vehicle, police said.

About 30 minutes after the burglary, reports said, a patrol officer checking local businesses noticed a similar vehicle sitting the parking lot of Crews Automotive repair. After noticing an occupant try to "lie down in an attempt to hide," police said the officer detained the man, identified as Bradford, and found a crowbar, handgun and cash register inside the truck.

Burglary investigators interviewed Bradford at police headquarters, they said, and determined he was involved in two other burglaries.

Bradford, on bond for two June theft charges, is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.