The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Albany man in connection with a local armed robbery.
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, the Hampton Inn, 5600 Highway 20, Cartersville, was robbed at gunpoint Nov. 21 by an unknown black male. Deputies and investigators responded to the scene but did not locate the offender. Following leads discovered through other agencies, investigators believed that the robber was traveling the interstate system to avoid detection by deputies.
Investigators working with other agencies, including Suwanee and Forsyth police departments, were able to identify Michael Shane Mickler, 40, of Albany as the robber.
Mickler was arrested in Suwanee on Dec. 2. Mickler was identified as the Hampton Inn robber and an armed robbery warrant issued for his arrest. He was booked into the Bartow County Jail on Tuesday and is being held without bond pending a superior court bond hearing.
Mickler also is being sought by other agencies for possible involvement in other incidents.
Man’s jacket lit on fire
On Monday at 7:22 p.m., a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Fairmount in response to an arson report.
Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with the victim who explained that he had been asleep in his bedroom when he was awakened by someone knocking on his window. When he got up to look out the window, he saw a vehicle exiting his driveway.
According to the incident report, the victim immediately received a phone call telling him to look on his porch. When he did, he found his camouflage hunting jacket burning on his porch. The suspect previously had the jacket in her possession. The victim put the fire out and threw the jacket away. A few minutes later, the victim received a Facebook post from the suspect with a picture of his camouflage jacket burning on his porch. The caption read, “You don’t [explicit] with my friends.”
The victim did not press charges but did want to file a report in case there are any further incidents in the future.