Lawrenceville, GA (September 26, 2019) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigations announced the arrest of a Gwinnett County and a Barrow County man in connection with an alleged spree of statewide burglaries targeting Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Areas. Arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property are James Arthur Graham, 22, of Lawrenceville and Parker Lewis Dean, 20, of Braselton. The men are accused of the burglary spree targeting DNR MWA properties from May through Sept. 2019 involving about $50,000 worth of equipment, the majority of which has been recovered following search warrants executed in Gwinnett and Barrow counties this week.
In a press release, the GBI reported that its Cleveland office was originally requested to conduct the investigation into burglaries at the facilities int Stephens County, Dawson County and Lumpkin County WMA’s in June 2019 but the investigation evolved to include additional burglaries that occurred before and during the investigation in Hart, Putnam, Burke, Greene, McDuffie, Bartow, Marion and Dooly Counties and possible at the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge.
The GBI Cleveland Office worked jointly with the DNR Law Enforcement Division to conduct this statewide investigation with assistance with GBI Athens, Thompson, and Americus Offices as well as local law enforcement partners
Graham was arrested and booked at the Gwinnett County Jail and Dean was arrested and booked at the Barrow County Jail. GBI announced that on completion of the investigation the case file will be turned over to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office for prosecution. Additional charges are expected for both suspects.
Editor’s note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.