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Burglary, theft charges pile up for Rome man; more arrests expected

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Jonathan Mathew McGill

More arrests are likely in a rash of burglaries that took place over the last few months, and one man, already in jail, now faces 25 new burglary and theft charges.

The thefts were concentrated primarily in northern Floyd County and North Avery Road in Coosa.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Jonathan Mathew McGill, 31, of 313 E. Second Ave., was arrested Feb. 3 near the Armuchee post office. He recently had 12 additional felony burglary charges and 13 misdemeanor counts of theft by taking added to his original two charges — felony burglary and probation violation. Charges also added Thursday were felony exploitation of an elder person and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The investigation began in November when the burglaries began, and as they continued into December and January, Floyd County police investigators began comparing notes and pooled their resources to make an arrest.

But they’re not convinced it was just one person committing the thefts.

“Because of the size and weight of some of the properties stolen we expect there were additional people involved,” said Amy Nails, Floyd County police investigator.

Items were stolen from homes and properties located on David Road, Bells Ferry Road, Couey Circle, Big Texas Valley Road, Floyd Springs Road, North Avery Road and Turkey Mountain Road.

Among some of the items stolen were a generator, several firearms, tool boxes, power tools and collectible items.

When he was arrested McGill had several stolen items still in his possession and police are attempting to find the rightful owners.

Nails said people who have had items stolen can contact the Floyd County Police Department at 706-314-0758 in order to arrange to see if any of the recovered items belong to them.

McGill remained in the Floyd County Jail without bond Friday night.