A Commerce man faces a pair of burglary charges stemming from a June 12 incident at Haynes Auto Parts and a June 16 burglary at a separate location.
Timothy Horace Varner, 33, 890 Hwy. 326, Commerce, was arrested last week for the July 12 theft of 12 batteries and a number of bicycles from Haynes Auto Parts, Harris Street. The batteries were reported stolen from vehicles, loaded into a wheelbarrow and taken through a gate on the Madison Street side of the business.
In the the second incident, Commerce police were summoned on July 16 to the residence of an 82-year-old white female who told officers that when she looked out her kitchen window at 9:40 a.m., she noticed landscape timbers sticking out from under her Ford Fusion.
Thinking that was peculiar, the woman went outside and found that the tires and rims — valued at $3,600 — had been removed from the vehicle, which was parked under a metal carport. She told police the tires and wheels were intact the evening before.
According to Lt. Ken Harmon, Varner has a long history of stealing tires and rims, and authorities in Jackson and several other counties were looking for him.
“A Banks County deputy spotted him and stopped him, and he still had the tires from our case in the back of his car,” Harmon said. He added that Varner faces other separate charges relating to prior burglaries at Haynes Auto Parts.
For all of the arrests reported over the past week by the Commerce Police Department, see the July 23 issue of The Commerce News.