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Local man arrested after popping balloon in Virginia

FORSYTH COUNTY — A suspect in local burglary ring that authorities busted this summer has reportedly found additional trouble in another state — for popping a balloon.

Justin Ryan Bridges, 21, of Cumming was charged with destruction of property on Sept. 2, according to police in Williamsburg, Va. His arrest came after he allegedly popped a balloon that was part of a sculpture/kit at the front of an apartment complex.

According to the Virginia Gazette of Williamsburg, a witness allegedly saw Bridges pop one of the balloons that afternoon and shout, “I just popped that balloon! I Just popped that [expletive].”

The article went on to note that when confronted by a witness, Bridges replied “don't judge me.”

Bridges was arrested that night a nearby hotel and taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, according to the article.

As of Thursday, he remained in custody as a “fugitive from justice,” though Forsyth County Sheriff’s officials say that charge is not local.

“Whatever trouble he's in now in Virginia is not related to the charges here in Forsyth County,” said Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the local agency. “It's something unrelated to us.”

Bridges was one of six people arrested in July in connection with a burglary investigation.

He was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, and one count each of conspiracy to commit a felony, entering auto and possession of marijuana in that arrest.

The probe centered on four burglaries and a car break-in in Forsyth and an attempted burglary in Dawson County.