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North Forsyth mom tackles burglar leaving her house
Suspects still escaped with special box her father made
Chappell Jamie Wayne

NORTH FORSYTH — Hey, burglars: Think your most vulnerable victim is a mother? Think again. If not, you may get tackled.

That’s just what happened when a suspect walked out of a 37-year-old woman’s north Forsyth home last month, carrying a homemade cedar box.

Her father had made her the box, and its theft would not be tolerated. According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman knocked the suspect to the ground.

She reportedly knew someone was in her home when she pulled into her driveway to find a second male suspect sitting in the passenger side of a van move behind the wheel and drive away. To the neighboring driveway.

The two suspects drove off after the altercation, but the woman remembered the face of the man who took her cedar box.

In collaboration with her efforts in positively identifying the men through social media, Forsyth County deputies arrested both suspects, said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the law enforcement agency.

Jamie Chappell was arrested after being observed leaving his girlfriend’s home in Coweta County, southwest of Atlanta.

He posted a $6,215 bond from the Forsyth County Detention Center on Dec. 27.

“[Deputies] found other items from other burglaries, stolen packages and narcotics [in the home],” Regan said.

While in the area, Joshua Smith was arrested on similar charges at a different location. He is being held without bond in Forsyth County due to a parole violation.

It could not immediately be determined whether the woman’s cedar box and its contents were recovered.