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Police: Woman stole 9-year-old girl's phone, money

Police: Woman stole 9-year-old girl's phone, money

ATHENS, Ga. – An Athens woman is charged with stealing money and a phone from a 9-year-old girl.

According to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report, the girl had left her purse on a door in bathroom stall at the Georgia Square Mall in Athens on Friday.

When she went back into the bathroom with her sister to get the purse, they saw a woman walking out with what appeared to be the girl's phone in her pocket. The girl said her phone and cash were missing from her purse.

The girls told their father about the missing items and the woman. The father then confronted the woman, identified as 25-year-old Tamaranesha Burden, who went into another store. The girl's father then contacted the store's manager.

The store manager found the girl's phone in the jean pockets that were on display. Police were called.

Burden was arrested on a theft by taking charge.

Another car break-in victim comes forward

Another car break-in victim comes forward

ATHENS, Ga. -- Yet another victim of the recent rash of car break-ins in the Athens-Clarke County area has filed a report with police.

The latest break-in happened some time between 3 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, while the car was parked on Pulaski Street.

The victim told police that someone stole his backpack, which contained a $1,000 laptop, from the car. The bag was later recovered in a nearby wooded area, but the computer was missing.

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Shots fired in UGA frat spat

Shots fired in UGA frat spat

ATHENS -- UGA Police tell 11Alive News the gun fired on campus early Sunday morning belonged to a member of a fraternity.

There was a fight between members of the Pi Kappa Alpha and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities on Greek Park Circle leading up to the shooting. UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Gregory John O'Brien, a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, was arrested Monday morning. Williamson said, at this time, they believe he only fired the gun once.

According Williamson, O'Brien was standing on a balcony of his fraternity house when he fired the shot.

O'Brien is charged with one count of reckless conduct, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of possession of a gun on school grounds.

More car break-ins plague Athens residents

More car break-ins plague Athens residents

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is warning residents about a recent uptick in car break-ins.

Several thefts were reported in January, and even more were discovered over Valentine's Day weekend.

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Police said most of the targeted vehicles had valuables, such as purses and cell phones, left in plain sight.

The latest rash of break-ins began Friday, Feb. 13. A woman told police her mother's car was broken into between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m., when it was parked at her home on Spring Valley Road. The thieves took a $40 bottle of Perry Ellis cologne, 10 CDs and about $1 in loose change.

Multiple car break-ins reported in Athens

Multiple car break-ins reported in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County police are investigating a rash of car break-ins that occurred Saturday.

The first incident happened between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the 1000 block of Gaines School Road. The victim told police that someone smashed her car window while she was in a nearby restaurant eating dinner with her family.

While the car was locked, the victim accidentally left her purse on the front passenger side floorboard, where it was clearly visible. Someone stole the purse, which contained the victim's identification, credit cards, gift cards, checks, cash, electronics and prescription medication.

The second break-in happened in the 1500 block of Oglethorpe Avenue between 7:30 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., again while the victim was eating dinner at a restaurant. Someone smashed the rear driver's side window and took a GPS device.

Third person arrested in UGA student's death

Third person arrested in UGA student's death

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County police have arrested a third person in the shooting death of a University of Georgia student.

Lucas Amsler Raposo, 20, was taken into custody Wednesday morning. He is charged with felony murder, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Investigators believe Raposo accompanied 21-year-old Min Seok Cho to the Baxter Drive area to exchange marijuana on Jan. 13. The pair got into an argument with two suspects, who shot Cho. The victim later died at Athens Regional Medical Center.

The suspects, Cormaine Goss and Andre Ruff, were arrested a day after the shooting. They have been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and firearm possession.

Police: Athens suspects are reoffenders

Police: Athens suspects are reoffenders

ATHENS, Ga. -- Two men out on probation have been rearrested for similar crimes in Athens in unrelated incidents, authorities said.

11Alive has learned the man charged with raping a teenager in Athens was just months into an 11-year probation sentence when the attack occurred.

Jeffrey Maurice Jones, 33, was taken into custody Tuesday.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, Jones lured his victim to a Clarke County home and assaulted a teenage girl. After the attack, Jones cut off his ankle monitor and left the area.

"We praise and applaud our victim for coming forward. She very likely kept others from being victimized," Athens-Clarke County Police Major Marc Sizemore said.

He was arrested by U.S. Marshals, who worked with Athens-Clarke County police, state probation officials and the Clarke County Sheriff's Department to track him down.