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Man gets jail for shopping spree
Stole credit cards, then stocked up

A Dawsonville man pleaded guilty Thursday in Forsyth County Superior Court to 15 charges related to a July shopping spree with stolen credit cards.

Judge David Dickinson sentenced Charles Butterworth to 10 years, with up to two in prison until he can enter and complete a residential substance abuse treatment program.

Butterworth, 34, must then serve the remainder of his sentence on probation and perform 120 hours of community service.

Butterworth pleaded guilty to four counts of financial transaction card fraud, three counts each of financial transaction card theft and theft by taking and two counts of entering auto.

He also pleaded to one count each of: criminal trespass; criminal damage; possession of methamphetamine; and possession of drug-related objects.

Butterworth was arrested July 29 at a home in east Forsyth as a result of an investigation into two cars being entered on July 27 and 28 at separate locations on Peachtree Parkway.

In the first incident, an iPhone, two wallets and credit cards were removed from a vehicle at a business.

Someone then began making more than $2,000 in purchases at several retailers. One of the transactions was made on a company credit card, which alerted the cardholder and company that something was wrong.

The next day, an iPhone 4, another phone and about $900 worth of new children's clothing that was going to be donated were taken from a vehicle outside a drug store.

During the second theft, authorities got a description of the suspect and his possible vehicle.