Man al­legedly ex­poses him­self on side of the road

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Deputies from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were called to the Oak Hill/Smith Store Road area Mon­day af­ter­noon by sev­eral wit­nesses who called 911 to re­port a man was stand­ing on the side of the road ex­pos­ing him­self.

When deputies made con­tact with the man, later iden­ti­fied as 23-year-old Dex­ter Gabrial Mathis, he re­port­edly told them he was run­ning, and adamantly de­nied ex­pos­ing him­self at all.

One wit­ness had al­legedly stayed on the scene and iden­ti­fied Mathis as the man they saw on the side of the road with his pri­vate area ex­posed to the pub­lic.

Be­cause of wit­ness state­ments, deputies ar­rested Mathis and charged him with pub­lic in­de­cency. Break-ins af­ter bank trans­ac­tions

Cony­ers po­lice are urg­ing cus­tomers to be alert to their sur­round­ings af­ter a re­cent se­ries of ve­hi­cle and home break-ins that came af­ter cus­tomers com­pleted bank­ing trans­ac­tions.

There are re­ports that vic­tims have had their ve­hi­cles bro­ken into at their res­i­dences or busi­ness lo­ca­tions im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing de­par­ture from lo­cal bank branches.

On e such theft oc­curred in the Arby’s park­ing lot on Ga. High­way 138 in Novem­ber 2012. The vic­tim had just left Bank of Amer­ica when the sus­pect, now iden­ti­fied as War­ren Oneal Jack­son, 42, shat­tered the vic­tim’s car win­dow and stole an undis­closed amount of cash. Jack­son is cur­rently wanted. Jack­son’s last known ad­dress is 365 Hooper St., At­lanta, 30317.

Should you know his where­abouts, please con­tact the Cony­ers Po­lice Depart­ment at 770-4836600 or the anony­mous tip line at 770-483-TIPS (8477).

On Mon­day, July 1 of this year, the Cony­ers Po­lice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­gated an en­tered-auto re­port at Tar­get where the vic­tim was pos­si­bly fol­lowed from Wells Fargo. One sus­pect ar­rived in a gold van, pos­si­bly a Chevro­let, and fol­lowed the vic­tim in- side Tar­get.

A sec­ond sus­pect then broke into the vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle be­fore leav­ing the scene in a red SUV, pos­si­bly a Jeep. Any­one who is able to iden­tify th­ese sus­pects is asked to con­tact De­tec­tive Beaucher at 770-929-4216 or johnny. beaucher@cony­ Anony­mous tips may be called in to 770-483-TIPS (8477).

Here are a few sim­ple theft preven­tion tips:

• Never take a busi­ness de­posit to the bank alone. Make it your busi­ness pol­icy to al­ways have two per­son­nel make bank runs.

• Do not openly carry bank bags or trans­ac­tion en­velopes into or out of the branch. Con­ceal your items in a purse or pocket when pos­si­ble.

• Do not leave money in an unat­tended ve­hi­cle. Even if the bank bag is con­cealed in the glove box or con­sole, the thief may still break in look­ing for valu­ables.

• Al­ways be aware of your sur­round­ings. Most banks do not per­mit you to be on your cell­phone while in­side so make it a habit of no calls or texts while any­where on the premises. This way, you can avoid dis­trac­tions and scan the park­ing lot to en­sure you are not be­ing fol­lowed to your next lo­ca­tion.

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