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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 12:00 am

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office investigators are probing an armed robbery that occurred at a home off Ficklen Church Way Aug. 25. The incident sent a 22-year-old Canton man to the hospital after an unknown white man broke into his home and beat him with a baseball bat, the report said. Police responded to the scene after the suspect, who reportedly was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, had left on foot. The report said police attempted to speak to the victim; however, he would not respond and was transported to an area hospital. A witness, who happened to be the victim’s grandmother, said her grandson came to her house, which was located next door, after the robbery. She told police, according to the report, that her grandson said a white man kicked in the door, beat him with a baseball bat and stole $500 and a laptop computer.  Lt. Jay Baker said the case remains under investigation and detectives do not believe this was a random act of violence. “It appears this victim was targeted specifically, and it is very likely he is known by the suspect,” he said. Anyone with information should call investigators at (770) 928-0239.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office Oak Grove Precinct responded to a burglary at a home improvement store located in the 6000 block of Ga. 92 last week. The report said deputies arrived to the store on Aug. 24 after the driver for Ace Hardware noticed suspicious activity. The witness, according to the report, said he observed a white landscaping truck back out of a parking space and drive through the fence. The store’s owner arrived on scene and told law enforcement officers that the truck belonged to the business; a John Deere tractor also was stolen. Surveillance video showed a white male slowly working his way through the back lot of the store, while checking lawn equipment, the report said. According to the report, the suspect then quickly jumped into his truck and left. Anyone with information should call the police tip line at (770) 592-6021.

Woodstock police arrested a 30-year-old Marietta man and 54-year-old Morgantown, W. Va., man last week on felony shoplifting charges. According to the report, police responded to Walmart on Aug. 24 after two white males were suspected of shoplifting from the store; both suspects fled the scene. A Woodstock officer reportedly located one of the suspects, Joe Meci IV, walking on Ga. 92. The second suspect, Joe Meci III, was located moments later on Ga. 92, near Davin Lane. The store’s loss prevention officer reportedly told officers that the pair went into the store and asked a clerk where the location of an item on a receipt was in the store. Both suspects then exited the store without purchasing the item.

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