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Residents can reclaim stolen property this week
Three charged in burglary spree
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct is at 2300 Keith Bridge Road across from Central Park. Residents seeking to reclaim stolen property may come by from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Those who can't make it then may contact Sheriff’s Investigator Martin White at (770) 886-2800, Ext. 3327, or

Authorities are hoping this week to reunite items recently stolen from Forsyth County homes with their owners.

Residents may come to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s North Precinct from 2 p.m. to 7 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday to reclaim items such as laptop computers, video game consoles and firearms. Proof of ownership will be requested.

Sheriff’s Investigator Martin White explained how in the past month authorities have received reports of about 10 burglaries in north and south Forsyth.

Three people have been arrested in connection with five burglaries in north Forsyth and one in Dawson County.  Authorities seized the property allegedly taken from the homes.

William Powell Handley Jr., 24, was arrested April 29 and has been charged with 14 counts of theft by receiving.

Sara Rae Whittington, 22, and Samuel Cordell Reagan, 25, were arrested May 2 and each charged with six counts of burglary.

All three are being held without bond, Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said.

Authorities are still trying to determine if the suspects were involved in burglaries in south Forsyth.

White said investigators have recovered about $20,000 of an estimated $50,000 in property that has been reported stolen.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Wilson noted that Handley’s father, William Powell Handley Sr., has also been arrested.

While serving a search warrant in connection with the burglaries, authorities found 90 suspected marijuana plants growing on the elder Handley’s property. He was charged with manufacturing marijuana.

Handley Sr. was released May 3 after posting $12,265 bond, House said.

White said residents can take precautions that will help them reclaim their property if it is ever stolen.

He recommended using a digital camera to take photos of valuables. He also suggested creating an electronic document with the serial numbers on it and keeping the photos and information on a flash drive and a compact disc.