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Video shows robbers smashing jewelry display case

Video shows robbers smashing jewelry display case

CANTON, Ga. -- Two suspects are accused of robbing a Cherokee County jewelry store at gunpoint and smashing a glass display case in the process.

The entire incident was caught on store surveillance video.

The robbery happened last Friday morning at Cartersville Jewelry Exchange on Riverstone Parkway in Canton.

Canton Police Officer Pacer Cordry said two suspects entered the store and pointed handguns at employees.

One of the suspects smashed a glass display case and may have stolen some of the merchandise inside, according to Cordry.

The suspects left the store in a dark green Ford F-150. A witness followed the truck on southbound Interstate 575 and into the nearby Hidden Creek subdivision, where the suspects abandoned the vehicle. Cordry said police later determined the truck was stolen in Atlanta.

Several car break-ins reported in Cherokee County

Several car break-ins reported in Cherokee County

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are asking Cherokee County residents to be vigilant after at least five car break-ins occurred in the northern portion of the county Monday.

In all five incidents, a suspect or suspects smashed a window and took a purse from inside the car, according to Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

Four of the smash and grabs occurred in Cherokee County, while one was within the Holly Springs city limits. Locations include BridgeMill Animal Hospital in Canton, Hickory Flat UMC, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and two daycare centers.

Baker said police believe the suspects can perform their crimes in a matter of seconds. They may be driving a silver four-door passenger car.

Anyone with information about the smash and grabs is asked to call 911.

20 starving pets rescued, owner arrested

20 starving pets rescued, owner arrested

BALL GROUND, Ga. -- A Cherokee County man has been charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty after several emaciated dogs were found on his property.

Rud Tietjen, 55, was arrested Wednesday by officers with the Cherokee County Marshal's Office.

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Marshal's spokesperson Alexa Huston said investigators were called to Tietjen's Ball Ground home after receiving a complaint about constant barking and terrible smells coming from the property.

Officers found 19 purebred dogs -- five Great Pyrenees and 14 Shelties -- in Tietjen's possession. They also rescued one cat.

Man arrested for illegal weapons collection

Man arrested for illegal weapons collection

CANTON, Ga. -- A Cherokee County man was arrested Wednesday for having a number of illegal weapons in his home.

Joseph Poss, 58, was charged with firearm possession by a convicted felon, possession of fully automatic weapons and possession of illegally altered weapons.

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Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said agents with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) seized 46 weapons from the suspect's Canton home. At least eight of the guns were fully automatic assault weapons.

Investigators also found three military pyrotechnic devices in the home, Baker said.

The house was searched after CMANS agents received an anonymous call about drugs inside. Baker said police did not find any drugs, but stumbled upon the cache of weapons during their search.

Armed man taken into custody at Cherokee school

Armed man taken into custody at Cherokee school

CANTON, Ga. -- A man armed with several weapons was taken into custody after he was spotted on the campus of Cherokee Charter School Wednesday morning.

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Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies who were assisting with traffic at the Canton school noticed the suspicious man at around 7:30 a.m., according to Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

When deputies approached him, the man turned and ran, but was quickly caught. He was identified as 31-year-old Todd Christopher Grigg of Woodstock.

Baker said investigators found three knives, leather gloves and a BB gun resembling a semi-automatic handgun on Grigg.

Sheriff's office warns of phone scam

Sheriff's office warns of phone scam

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office wants residents to be aware of a phone scam that may be circulating.

Two county residents reported receiving phone calls from a man claiming to be a sheriff's deputy.

The suspect told the residents that he was collecting payments for a backlog of traffic citations from 2011. He also said that the residents would be given a discount if they paid the fines immediately over the phone.

Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said true payments are always made at the Cherokee County Justice Center, not over the phone. This is a scam.

Anyone who receives a similar phone call is asked to call 911 and report it.

Suspect steals drugs from Canton Rite Aid

Suspect steals drugs from Canton Rite Aid

CANTON, Ga. -- Canton Police are looking for the man suspected of stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy.

The robbery happened shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rite Aid on Marietta Highway.

Canton Police Officer Pacer Cordry said the suspect handed the pharmacist a list of the drugs he wanted and indicated that he had a gun. He ran after receiving the drugs.

Cordry described the suspect as a white man, about 6 feet tall, wearing a straw hat, white button-down shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or Canton Police at 770-720-4883.