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South Forsyth burglary suspect arrested in stolen clothes
Spotted walking on road at 2:30 a.m.
Aponte mug
Aponte - photo by For the Forsyth County News

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By: Joshua Sutton

SOUTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies dispatched to a burglary alarm near Ga. 400 in south Forsyth encountered and detained the suspect while en route to the business early Monday.

Deputies heading to The Graphic Edge, which offers apparel and embroidery services, reportedly observed a man walking on the side of Majors Road about 2:30 a.m.

The man, identified as Jean Carlo Urena Aponte of Cumming, was subsequently arrested for burglary.

Robin Regan, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the deputy noticed Aponte’s left hand was bleeding.

Given how commercialized the area — which is near Ronald Reagan Boulevard and McFarland Parkway/Exit 12 — was and the time of night, he stopped him for questioning.

The deputy determined Aponte was wearing a red shirt that had come from the business and was carrying a backpack filled with items from there.

According to Regan, one piece of clothing Aponte wore still sported its tag. Another deputy arrived at the business to find broken glass, and Aponte was taken into custody without incident.

“There was an overwhelming amount of evidence,” Regan said.

As of Tuesday, the 29-year-old remained in the Forsyth County Detention Center on an $11,110 bond, which Regan said is a typical amount for felony arrests. He has been charged with second-degree burglary.

“We get a frequent amount of alarms,” Regan said, “but you’ve got to give credit to the deputy’s attention to detail for being able to connect the two instead of just continuing on after seeing [Aponte].”

By the time his booking photo was taken, Aponte was wearing a blue shirt.