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Local Cumming man arrested for a string of package thefts
Package theft
Police say a Cumming man was identified within hours of being caught on a surveilance camera stealing packages.

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with packages that were discovered in a dumpster at Joint Venture Park in late December.

Alexander Whitehead, a 20-year-old of Cumming, was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 13 and has been charged with 13 counts of misdemeanor theft by taking.

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Whitehead was identified within hours after a picture from one victim’s doorbell camera was posted on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

Rainwater said that the suspect may have followed a delivery truck from house to house, waiting for packages to be left outside in plain view. 

At about 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy B.J. Welch responded to a call that a county employee had found packages from 11 Suwanee and Cumming residences in a dumpster at Joint Venture Park.

Rainwater added that sheriff’s office officials are, “confident that this case is closed,” and that Whitehead was positively identified by one of his alleged victims.

According to the incident report, Thomas Lowry of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation had found the packages the morning of Dec. 21 He said the dumpster had been empty as of 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20.

Welch stated in the incident report that on closer inspection, the packages were found to contain an assortment of items: Christmas cards, electronic equipment, an American Girl Doll set, an Ohio State flag, Bath and Body Works candles, a Harry and David fruit and candy box and several pieces of clothing. Other packages had been emptied.

According to another report by Deputy Forney of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the packages were allegedly stolen from seven residences in Suwanee and four residences in Cumming, at some point the previous evening.

Whitehead was booked at the Forsyth County Detention Center on Saturday, and was released on a $15,000 bond shortly after.

Rainwater said that Whitehead was also booked into the Forsyth County Detention Center in July 2017 on a charge of terroristic threats.

Attempts to reach Whitehead for comment were unsuccessful as of press time.
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