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Paulding detectives charge three with thefts at high school
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
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Paulding sheriff's deputies arrested three men and recovered a number of items in connection with a series of recent thefts at South Paulding High School.

The Criminal Investigations Division, the Warrants Division, and the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force worked with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to charge the three Paulding residents, according to a release today from the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

Those arrested include:

- Jason Tyler Bishop, 38, of Dallas, charged with Theft by Receiving;

- Jonathon Lee Byers, 23, of Douglasville in Paulding County, charged with Theft by Taking, Obstruction and Probation Violation;

- William Floyd Couch, 44, of Douglasville in Paulding County, charged with Theft by Receiving.

Couch, who is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail on an unrelated

probation violation, will face felony theft by receiving charges when he gets

transferred to the Paulding County Jail, according to the release.

Detectives also recovered a variety of items reportedly taken from the school, including two John Deer Gator Utility Vehicles, refrigerator, gas cans, propane tanks, baseball equipment (bats, bags and more) and other items.

According to detectives,some items stolen from the school have not been recovered.

The Criminal Investigations Division is asking anyone that may have information on the whereabouts of any of these missing items to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (770) 443-3015.

Thieves broke into concession stands and storage buildings at the school on Winn Road Aug. 9 and stole items ranging from athletic field maintenance equipment to T-shirts, according to a report from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department.

Baseball head coach Pecos Galamore, whose duties include maintenance of the school’s baseball and softball fields, said the thieves used drills to break locks. They then stole gas cans, copper wiring from electric fans in dugouts, batteries from lawn care equipment – and the equipment itself in the form of two John Deere Gators valued at $15,000 each.

“It’s just shut us down,” Galamore said. “We’re trying to stay positive. As a coach, it’s heartbreaking.”

Suspects also destroyed a “drag” machine used to maintain the dirt part of the ball fields when they attempted to remove a battery from it, the coach said.

Galamore said softball coach Janet Oglesby discovered the thefts of one Gator and other items from the baseball and softball fields Saturday morning when she arrived for a prescheduled work day with volunteers.

Another Gator was used later Saturday to work on the football field, and a school worker told Galamore it was missing Monday morning, he said.

He said the school had no problems with thefts at its outdoor athletic facilities throughout its eight-year history until about a month ago when someone broke into a concession stand and stole some drinks and candy.

Those wishing to donate to help the teams buy new equipment can go a special page at www.southpauldingbaseball.com, he said.

He noted he and softball coach Janet Oglesby had very little equipment to maintain their fields when they were the first coaches hired when the school began operations in 2006.

“It’s kind of like we’re back there again,” he said.

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