A suspect wanted in connection with the May burglary of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars clubhouse is in custody in another county, authorities said.
Ivey Nicholas Hawkins, 32, of Windy Hill Court, is currently being held in the Dawson County Detention Center on drug-related and other charges, jail records show.
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Major Dan Jagoe said forensic evidence ties Hawkins to the VFW incident, in which the organization’s general fund was depleted and two laptops were taken. The general fund is used to help residents in need.
Jagoe said the sheriff’s office has a warrant to charge Hawkins with the burglary of the Dahlonega Highway facility.
“We do have a hold on him and when he is released from Dawson County, we will pick him up and bring him to the Forsyth County jail,” Jagoe said.
He said Hawkins was arrested in June for a burglary in south Forsyth County and was later released to Dawson County authorities.
He said the sheriff’s office has contacted agencies in other parts of the metro Atlanta area that are investigating similar burglaries at VFW offices in their jurisdictions.
“I don’t think he has been charged with those burglaries or tied into those,” Jagoe said.
Joe LaBranche, spokesman for the local VFW, said the organization welcomed the news about Hawkins.
“I know we’re not going to get any money back, but it does make us satisfied that they finally caught somebody and we don’t have to worry about him burglarizing the other VFWs in the area,” LaBranche said.