Lock damaged by spoon, home burgled
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Just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to an Estates Ridge residence in reference to a burglary, later determined to be aided by the use of a spoon, according to the incident report.

The complainant stated he left town on Aug. 8 and returned Sept. 5 to find his home burglarized, missing more than $2,000 in items. After clearing the house, the deputy observed a damaged door and all rooms and locations where the thefts occurred. He then collected a wooden kitchen spoon from the garage floor as evidence, which had a square chip missing that appeared to match up with the outline of the dead bolt on the damaged door frame.

The complainant stated the day he left town he locked himself out of the house and called a locksmith to replace the lock on a rear-facing, walk-through door. He said the locksmith kept the old key to his door, which will open several other doors to the house.

The deputy stated in the report it appeared the perpetrator used the spoon to pry the door from the inside to make it appear as if the house had been forcibly entered, instead of with a key.

The complainant stated the ADT alarm digital video recorder holds the past 2 1/2 weeks of footage, which he said he will provide to the BCSO. He also said he will work to find the name of the locksmith company.

Adairsville residence lost in fire

A single-wide mobile home was destroyed in a Friday morning blaze.

Bartow County Fire Department Capt. Bruce King said stations 2, 8, 10 and 15 responded just before 6 a.m. to 25 Holcomb Spur.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office confirmed no occupants were inside, and no injuries were reported.

King said the cause and origin remain under investigation. The residence was a total loss.

All units were back in service shortly after 9 a.m.