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Teenager honored for quick response in home break-in
Call helped catch burglary suspect
Sheriff award teen
Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton presents an award to Nic Statham for his help in the arrest of an alleged burglar in June. - photo by Submitted
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has recognized a local teenager for actions he took earlier this summer that resulted in the arrest of a burglary suspect.

Nicholas “Nic” Statham received a sheriff’s Outstanding Citizen certificate this week.

“Nic’s swift and decisive actions are the reasons another bad guy is off the streets today,” Sheriff Ted Paxton said. “He did exactly the right thing by leaving his house and calling 911.We are very proud of him.”

According to a sheriff’s report, the 16-year-old Forsyth Central High School junior was asleep June 22 when he heard someone breaking into his home on Castleberry Road.

Statham grabbed a portable telephone and ran out of the house to call 911. He saw the suspect leave with a pillowcase filled with property from the home.

Statham gave the 911 operator a good description of the suspect’s vehicle and tag number.

Moments later, deputies saw the suspect on Atlanta Highway and gave chase.

The suspect, 39-year-old Peter Perro of Covington, was arrested after he crashed at the entrance to a neighborhood.

In addition to burglary, he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, collision with a fixture and driving too fast for conditions.

Perro, who is being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center, is also wanted in DeKalb County on other charges, authorities have said.