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Man Believes Complaint About Newspaper Delivery Led to $14K in Thefts, Damage

The man believes several recent incidents are related.

Gwinnett County Police are investigating a theft and damage report which the victim suspects may be related to a complaint about newspaper delivery. Credit: Kristi Reed
Gwinnett County Police are investigating a theft and damage report which the victim suspects may be related to a complaint about newspaper delivery. Credit: Kristi Reed
A Dacula man suspects a complaint about the delivery of his morning paper may have prompted a disgruntled employee to retaliate.

The Harbins Road resident contacted the Gwinnett County Police on Jan. 5 after someone forced open his security gate, pushed the gate to the ground and stole two gate opener motors. The man said he is not sure who is responsible for the damage and theft, but believes the incident -- as well as a previous incident -- may be related to a complaint he made against the employee of a paper delivery company.

According to the Dacula man, the incidents began when he complained his morning paper was not being placed in the proper location. Soon after the initial complaint, the employee of the paper delivery company damaged his gate. The company agreed to fix the gate at their cost and indicated they would garnish the employee's wages for reimbursement. Shortly thereafter, an unknown person struck his gate again prompting the man to file a hit and run report with police.

The Dacula man provided police with contact information for the paper delivery company. The company, he said, would be able to provide information about the employee. The man estimated the cost to replace the gate motors and repair the gate would be approximately $14,400.  

The case is listed as active.

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Dacula resident January 10, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Driveway gates are being crashed all over this area right now. This isn't an isolated event. It would be helpful if people could keep their eyes and ears open and call the police if they see anything suspicious, people or cars sitting at the top of driveways at night, etc. If anyone is a victim of vandalism, please call the police to report it. They'll be happy to take a report over the phone and the more information they have, the sooner these crimes can be solved.
North Georgia Weather January 11, 2014 at 06:50 AM
A security camera at the gate would be a big help. I know the house that had the gate crashed, and the house sits pretty far back off the road. The Sharx cameras I use just need power since they can transmit wirelessly back to a router, and power is already at the gate. Doesn't solve everything but may help keep it from happening again.
Dacula resident January 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Thanks, we just got cameras up and running after the last incident. If they try it again, they won't go undetected.

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