A Cartersville police officer was patrolling the area of Mull Street when he saw a Kia Optima matching the description of a vehicle owned by Mario Santana, who was wanted for first-degree forgery, according to the incident report. A man matching Santana’s description was sitting in the driver’s seat as the vehicle rested in a driveway.
The officer requested backup and when additional officers arrived they approached Santana in the vehicle. Santana gave the officers his driver’s license and the warrant for his arrest was confirmed. Santana was then handcuffed. After being read his Miranda rights, Santana said he wanted to speak with an officer and he said he was not in possession of anything illegal.
An officer searched Santana and found $100 of counterfeit money, a cellphone, four SD cards and a USB drive.
A Cartersville Police Department investigator later arrived at the scene. Santana said he believed the money was real and a friend had given it to him, but, according to the incident report, he changed his story and said he was being forced to hold and make counterfeit money to support his family. A consensual search of Santana’s vehicle reportedly found white and beige resume paper, an eMachine laptop, a Dell laptop and three glass pipes believed to contain methamphetamine residue.
The CPD investigator was allowed into Santana’s home, where he found a green gym bag with a Canon printer, resume paper, counterfeit templates, a box cutter and a USB cable. The investigator also found an additional Canon printer and a HP scanner.
A voluntary urine sample returned positive for Santana having meth and marijuana in his system, which Santana said he would test positive for.
Santana was arrested and charged with first-degree forgery, possession of marijuana by ingestion, possession of meth by ingestion and possession of drug-related objects.
Approximately $10,000 in damage was done to a Cobb Electric Membership Corporation substation Tuesday morning when someone broke in.
A Cobb EMC employee said the company received an alert that a machine went down in the substation at approximately 1:24 a.m. Tuesday, but employees did not discover the damage until approximately 8 a.m. According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s office incident report, the employees found “a large hole was cut in the fence and the electronic building broken into.” After walking the area, the complainant guessed there was at least $10,000 in damage done on the property, though he did not know exactly what all was damaged.
Though the report did not list what was stolen from the substation, it listed $6,400 worth of stolen property.
As the employees walked through the substation, according to the report, they found what appeared to be blood drops inside the electrical building. The complainant said no one had been in the building since they arrived and the last time anyone was inside was the week before.
An investigator reported to the substation and the scene was turned over to him.
Man punched during
robbery, $600 stolen
When one man planned to go to a strip club with a friend Tuesday night, he was stripped of his cash instead.
The victim told a BCSO deputy he was meeting a friend and the friend’s girlfriend to go to a strip club at 10:40 p.m. and when he arrived at Burgers Market his friend said he was out of gas. After picking a gallon of gas up at a nearby RaceTrac gas station, the victim said they filled up the car and returned to the RaceTrac for additional fuel.
The victim said he parked in front of the store, when the suspect got out of his vehicle and asked the victim if he was ready to go to the strip clubs, according to the report. The victim said he grabbed his money — $600 in cash — and said he was ready.
The suspect then allegedly punched the victim in his face while the girlfriend grabbed the money out of the victim’s hand.
Both of the suspects reportedly got into a Honda Accord driven by a third suspect and fled the area. The deputy did note a swollen area on the victim’s mouth.
The victim later stated he did not wish to prosecute the incident.