Theft suspect finally in Gwinnett jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A northeast Georgia man is finally in Gwinnett County jail on theft charges after a pair of other arrests landed him in Madison County jail and a Florida penitentiary, where he reportedly sent letters to his estranged ex-girlfriend threatening her if she didn't drop charges here.

On Nov. 11, the former girlfriend of Daniel Paul Weathers, 45, reported that a number of items were found to be missing from her Grayson home -- a pair of diamond wedding rings from a previous marriage, several power tools, a desktop computer, a video camera and a handgun. The alleged victim's ex-husband told police an autographed Richard Petty model race car was also missing.

The girlfriend pointed out Weathers, who lived with her between September and November, as the culprit.

The alleged victim told police Weathers was in Madison County jail at the time. Previous reports show he had been arrested for possession of marijuana and attempting to elude.

Sometime thereafter, Weathers ended up in the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex about an hour northwest of Orlando, Fla. Details about events leading to that arrest were not clear Thursday.

While there, however, Gwinnett County police say the career criminal sent a five-page letter to his ex-girlfriend in Grayson, "providing details of the burglary" and pleading with her to drop the subsequent charges.

If she didn't, Weathers reportedly wrote, "someone (was) going to pay."

"(The victim) stated that she felt threatened by the letter and is fearful that he or one of his friends may harm her or her other friends that are mentioned in the letter," a police report said.

The threats did not work. Following his release in Florida earlier this month, Weathers was arrested Wednesday by Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies.

He faces two counts of theft by taking, two counts of theft by deception, and influencing a witness, jail records show. He is being held without bond.

Weathers' booking sheet also lists a hold for authorities in South Carolina.