Posted: Tuesday, June 17th 2014 at 4:23pm
Atlanta police arrest man wanted in Banks County
By Rob Moore Editor
HOMER - Atlanta Police Department arrested a wanted Banks County man early Tuesday morning.
Banks County Sheriff's Office was notified at 5:04 a.m. Tuesday that officers had arrested 45-year-old Chester Thomas Akins of 419 Purcell Road, Homer, said Sgt. Carissa McFaddin.
"We had informed Atlanta Police Department about Mr. Akins being wanted out of our county, and kind of gave them a BOLO to be on the lookout for him and his vehicle," McFaddin said.
Akins was wanted in Banks County for three felony counts of criminal damage to property under the Family Violence Act and one count of theft by taking, officials said.
"On June 15, Akins actually informed his girlfriend that a bomb had been placed in the area of their home," McFaddin said.
Deputies requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Hall County Sheriff's Office Bomb Detection K-9 Team, which responded but located nothing.
"They were able to clear the area with no findings of any kind of explosives or elements regarding what was described," McFaddin said.
While at the home, deputies observed damage.
"While deputies were there on scene, they did find that the house had been excessively damaged, and belongings in the house were either damaged or destroyed by Akins," McFaddin said.
Akins' girlfriend also reported several items were taken from the home.
McFaddin couldn't provide details of the circumstances leading to Akins' arrest early Tuesday in Atlanta.
"I can't really comment on that because I really don't know," McFaddin said.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Atlanta Police said officers found Akins in an SUV near underground Atlanta. They told the paper they found a package with wires sticking out of it in the SUV.
Police shut down several streets while they determined the package was not a threat, according to the AJC.
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