The following press release has been issued by Towns County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On April 23, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC notified Towns County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Brandon Barrett of criminal damage to property and criminal trespass that had occurred at one of the EMC’s vacant buildings in Young Harris.
Initial estimates put the cost of the damage at between $2000 and $3000 dollars. Reports indicated that a number of solid interior doors, bathrooms stall panels and desk tops had been removed from their proper locations and were being used for skateboard ramps. Also found on the scene were plastic bags containing suspected marijuana residue and empty alcoholic beverage containers. An investigation was opened to determine the identity of those responsible.
On April 24, at approximately 10:00 pm, Towns County Dispatch notified the Sheriff’s Office that a call had come in reference to what appeared to be three teenagers possibly trespassing and skateboarding in a warehouse in Young Harris.
Towns County Deputies McCarter and Deyton arrived on the scene, contacted Det. Brandon Barrett, and began an on-site investigation which led them to make a traffic stop on a red Jeep Cherokee at approximately 11:30 pm. Interviews with the suspects show that the three individuals allegedly admitted to being inside the aforementioned EMC building, skateboarding, until they saw Towns County Sheriff’s cars arrive.
Detective Sgt. Brandon Barrett, who was on scene, contacted the manager of the EMC, and was told the EMC wished to press charges.
Kylus Robert Hart (22),Lafayette, GA, Daniel Allen Willis (22) from an Acworth, GA address, and Ray Paul Lambert (22) of Young Harris, were arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass. All three individuals bonded out the next day.
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