Baldwin - The City of Baldwin posted on its social media page about a recent arrest surrounding thefts in the area.
According to the post, the thefts occurred inside the city last week and over the weekend. Nicholas Lance Faulkner, 19, of Baldwin, was taken into custody around 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 from a residence on Dilmus Court in Baldwin.
“We would like to thank the citizens of Baldwin for their help in catching a suspect who was committing thefts inside our city last week and over the weekend,” the post reads. “Your willingness to share information and video surveillance made it possible to close this case in a timely manner.”
Faulkner was arrested in connection to multiple thefts and entering autos over the weekend of the 24th.
According to the post, “Officers had received numerous calls over the weekend in regards to vehicles being broken into and packages stolen off porches. The incidents were occurring in the area of Willow Tree Apartments between February 20 and February 23.”
“It actually started on Friday, the 21st,” Baldwin Police Chief Charlie Webb says. “The first complaint we got was just someone loitering and prowling on somebody’s property.”
Webb says Faulkner was seen on some Ring doorbells “plundering through a carport looking at some stuff like he was looking for something he could pick up and take with him.”
“The suspect was spotted on several ring doorbells stealing packages which helped the police identify the suspect,” the post reads.
According to Webb, they were able to locate Faulkner after footage of someone matching his description was seen at a local Gulf Station. After they were able to identify Faulkner, they were able to gather information on where he may have been staying.
Webb says that Monday morning, his people went to a known residence of Faulkner but was told he had been dropped off at another residence on Dilmus Court.
Officers knocked on the already open door while “someone inside started shutting the blinds,” Webb says. According to the homeowner of the residence, “nobody should be there” and they did not know the person officers were looking for.
“We were about to make entrance at the homeowner's request and he (Faulkner) crawled out a window in the back of the house,” Webb says.
Several of the items stolen were recovered at that time.
Among the items stolen was a gun, a necklace, and a pair of shoes, Webb says. Webb says all non-perishable items stolen have been returned. The gun has not due to the case still being open and the gun being considered evidence.
According to arrest records, Faulkner is being charged with theft by taking (FVA), two theft by taking charges, theft by receiving stolen property, four loitering charges, illegal possession of dangerous drugs, and prescription drugs must be in their original container(s).
Faulkner remains at the Habersham County Detention Center and no bond has been set.