The Winder Police Department responded to a burglary in progress call on Third Avenue in Winder on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at approximately 7:40 p.m.
Information obtained by police from witnesses revealed a suspicious white male in the area of the victim’s home around the same time.
The perpetrator is believed to have stolen jewelry, a tablet computer and a firearm from the home. The stolen firearm was used to threaten the homeowner as the burglar fled the same.
The perpetrator was believed to have brought a puppy with him to the scene of the burglary.
Based on physical descriptions and additional information obtained by police, Aaron Hewatt, 17, was developed as a possible suspect.
Around 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, a Winder Police investigator spotted Hewatt getting into a vehicle while holding a puppy that matched the description of the puppy given to police at the scene of the burglary.
The investigator approached Hewatt and was able to observe some of the stolen property inside the vehicle. Hewatt was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary, aggravated assault, theft by taking, possession of a firearm under the age of 18 and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
All of the stolen property, including the firearm, was recovered from the vehicle Hewatt was occupying, according to police reports.