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Georgia's New Secondary Metal Recycler Law

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 10-1-360, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity
must register with the appropriate sheriff's office(s) beginning July 1, 2012.

  • The recycler must submit a completed registration form in person to Sgt. Mike Howell. Sgt. Howell can be reached at
    (770) 940-4915 or through email.
  • The recycler must also submit a copy of the driver's license or other identification along with the registration documents.
  • If the recycler is a qualified alien, secure and verifiable documentation must be attached to the application. A list of verifiable documents is included below.
  • Annually collect a non-refundable registration fee of $200, which must be remitted to the county governing authority. Registrations cannot be considered without full payment of $200.
  • Each registration is valid for a twelve month period beginning with the effective date of registration established by the sheriff’s office once all registration requirements are met.

How the Appropriate County of Registration is Determined

  • Business (Corporation or Partnership) :
    The recycler registering as a business must register with the sheriff in county where the place of operation is maintained. If the recycler maintains a place of operation in more than one county, he/she must register the business in each county.
  • Individual (Sole Proprietor):
    An individual must register in the county where he/she resides.
  • Non-resident of Georgia:
    A recycler who is not a resident of Georgia must register in the county where he/she primarily engages or intends to operate as a secondary metals recycler.

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We Have Moved!

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has moved. If you need to request a background check, register as a sex offender or talk to one of our deputies in person, our new address is:

8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd.
Douglasville, Georgia 30134


SUMMER IS COMING AND VACATION IS AROUND THE CORNER!!!!!

Just a reminder to the citizens of Douglas County that the through the Sheriff's Office and Leadsonline.com, you can log the personal information, such as serial numbers, model numbers, brands, etc. on all of your valuables on a secure server. You can set this account for you and your family FREE of charge to you!!! Check out ReportIt.LeadsOnline.com and get your free account and start logging today. While none of us ever want to be a victim of a crime, when we are, we want everybody to all they can do and try to recover your stolen property.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sgt. Mike Howell at 770-920-4915.


Criminal Investigations Division

REPORTING IDENTITY THEFT TO THE IRS

Identity theft can affect taxpayers in two primary ways:

  1. Refund-related: This occurs when the identity thief uses the victim's SSN to file a false federal income tax return to obtain funds. If the thief files before the victim, the victim may not receive his or her refund in a timely fashion.
  2. Employment-related or Income-related: This occurs when the identity thief uses the victim's SSN to obtain employment, resulting in what may appear as unreported income under the victim's account.

For both forms of identity theft the taxpayer must submit the following documentation to the IRS by mail or by visiting the local IRS Office.

For Refund-Related identity theft:

  1. A photocopy of one or more of the following:
    • Social Security Card
    • Passport
    • Driver's License
    • Other Federal or State issued identification, AND
  2. One of the following:

Attach the documentation referenced above to your paper return if you have not yet filed, or to a letter of explanation if you have already submitted a return. Send the information to the location where the return is filed.

For Employment-Related or Income Related identity theft issues, attach the documentation referenced above along with any notice received from the IRS, and send to:

Internal Revenue Service,
PO Box 9039,
Andover, MA 01810–0939,
OR
fax to (978) 247–9965 (this is not a toll-free number).

If additional assistance is needed, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) using the toll-free number 800-908-4490, or visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov (keyword identity theft).

To request a copy of the victim’s tax return and related refund information to assist in local jurisdiction prosecutions:
Form 8821-A Must be completed with no scratch outs, be legible, no blank spaces, and one form per tax year. We must have the original signature. If the form is incomplete or illegible in any way the form will be returned for corrections. Mail original Forms 8821-A along with a photocopy of Form 14039 to:

IRS-CI Disclosure Waiver Program
401 West Peachtree Street – Room 600
Atlanta, GA 30308

The 8821 A form (Victim's tax return waiver) must be picked up at the Sheriff's Office. Copies are at the front desk along with copies of the 14039 form (Identity theft Affidavit).

Action Steps for Victims:

  • Make a police report with the Police Jurisdiction where you live. Provide as much documentation as possible, to include who you talked to at xyz company and their phone number, copies of statements, etc.
  • Contact all your creditors, by phone and in writing (include a Universal Fraud Affidavit), and inform them of the problem. Suspects often apply for Instant Credit at businesses in your name. If you already have an account with the company he says "I forgot about that, how much credit do I have. I'll take the Big Screen TV, Washer/ Dryer, and a new computer".
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission to report the identity theft.
  • Obtain your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus. Attempt to get one from a local bureau in the area the fraud occurred. Report the identity theft to their fraud units. Have a "Fraud Alert/Victim Impact" statement placed in your credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts.
  • Alert your bank and check verification companies to flag your accounts and to contact you to confirm unusual activity. Change your account numbers if they were compromised. Request a change of PIN's and Passwords if they are easily guessed, or were compromised.
  • Obtain your Social Security Administration (SSA) report and check for benefits paid out, or income earned in your name. Report the situation to the SSA Fraud Hotline if your SSN was misused.
  • Check post office for possible change of address for you. Suspects have filed for a Change of address to have all mail concerning the fraud come to their address, or a fictitious address, so you don't see it. This gives them more time to commit more fraud.
  • Check tenant screening services for apartments rented in your name (This may also be available on your credit report).
  • Contact driver license authority (Georgia Department of Driver Services); (770) 918-5822 or access the Web site: www.dds.ga.gov. Then contact the state where the loss/theft occurred to see if a license, or any traffic citations were issued in your name. If so, request a new license number and fill out the DMV's complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process.
  • Keep a log of all contacts and make copies of all documents. Ask for a fraud investigator at most companies as a point
    of contact.
  • Contact a privacy or consumer advocacy group for assistance and resources.

Resources:

Federal Trade Commission: (877) 438-4338 - Web site Information
Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline: (800) 269-0271 - Web site Information

Major Credit Bureaus:

Equifax Corp
To order report:
(800) 997-2493
Fraud #: (800) 525-6285
Web site
Experian (formerly TRW)
To order report:
(888) 397-3742 or (800) 520-1221
Fraud #: (800) 311-4769
Web site
Trans Union
To order report:
(800) 888-4213
Fraud #: (800) 680-7289
Web site

Checks:

Stolen checks or bank accounts set up fraudulently in your name, call these check guarantee companies. They can flag your file so that counterfeit checks will be refused.

  • CheckRite - (800) 766-2748
  • Chexsystems - (800) 428-9623
  • CrossCheck - (707) 586-0551
  • Equifax - (800) 437-5120
  • International Check Svcs - (800) 526-5380
  • SCAN - (800) 262-2771
  • TeleCheck - (800) 710-9898

NATIONAL CHECK FRAUD CENTER: (843) 571-2143 (Web site)

Consumer Advocacy Groups:

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105
San Diego, CA 2101
Phone: (619) 298-3396
E-Mail: prc@privacyrights.org
Web site
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
218 D St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 546-9707
E-Mail: pirg@pirg.org
Web site

If you have any questions please contact:
Investigator Joshua Skinner
(678) 486-1254
jnskinner@sheriff.douglas.ga.ua


June 24, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in solving the murder of Mr. Jerry Wheeler. The homicide arrest made on Saturday, June 22 is not connected to Mr. Wheeler's case. We are offering a reward of $10,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime. If you have any information about this case, you can call the DCSO tipline at (678) 486-1253, or you can leave an anonymous message via our website.

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June 19, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On 06/09/2013 @ about 0330 hours two black males entered J C Beauty Supply located at 3044 Bankhead Hwy, Austell by throwing a rock through the front door glass. Once inside they ran to an area where high end Hair Weaves were located and began placing the Hair Weaves in plastic bag they had brought with them. Both males appear to be in their twenties, slender build wearing dark clothing, hoodies, gloves and had their faces covered. The vehicle seen appeared to be a late model Chevrolet Trail Blazer silver in color, roof rack, dark window. Anyone with any information or similar incident please contact Inv. D. Kelley of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office regarding case number DCSO13OFF03914 at 770-920-4903 or e-mail : dkelley@sheriff.douglas.ga.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip via our website.


June 17, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Criminal Investigations Division is seeking information on an attempted robbery that occurred at the Dollar General on S. Sweetwater Rd. in Lithia Springs Saturday 06/15/13. A Black male with a handgun approached the manager of the store who was outside the business. The unknown robber did not enter and left the store shortly after.

If anyone has information on the person, or the attempted robbery, please call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 770-949-5656.


June 14, 2013

Training Division

Deputies and other staff make time for mandated training in our new computer lab.


June 11, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Scam Warning from EMC Security

The summer security company scammers are now out in full force. Door knocking salesmen who claim they are with EMC Security and would like to upgrade the customer's system only to swindle customer into signing a 5 year contract with a higher monthly rate with a completely different company. These salesmen travel door-to-door coming to Georgia every year to take advantage of customers.

EMC Security is currently conducting non-emergency, courtesy calls to all customers warning them of local scammers in their area. Automatically dialed calls are made to all customers and they will either have the opportunity to listen to a recorded message when they answer, or the recorded message will be deposited to their voicemails if they do not answer.

Below is the text of the message EMC Security is conveying to their customers:

EMC Security customer: Please be advised that customers of EMC Security have been approached, at their home and by phone, by uniformed personnel pretending to represent EMC Security. This is an attempt to defraud homeowners. EMC Security representatives will NEVER appear at your home or business without an appointment. Do not allow anyone access to your home or your security equipment without verification of employment from EMC Security. Do NOT provide anyone with personal information regarding your account, such as your password or call list. Protect yourself. Contact EMC Security at 770-963-0305 before giving access to your home or your security system.

Be sure to contact EMC Security if you are approached by these scammers. Please know that EMC Security will never send anyone to a customer's home without their knowledge. EMC Security believes a reputable security company should take all possible precautions to help protect customers. If you have any questions or if you have been approached by a scammer, please contact EMC Security at 770-963-0305.

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June 7, 2013

Training Division


June 7, 2013

Jail Division

The Douglas County Jail would like to announce the promotion of Sgt. Sheila Hudson to Lieutenant. Lt. Hudson, who is currently a Booking supervisor and Grievance Officer, will be moving to Team D as their Lieutenant. Sgt. Michael Deese will be moving from C Team to take Lt. Hudson's place as the Grievance Officer. Both of these officers have proven themselves as supervisors and we look forward to seeing them excel in their new roles.


June 7, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

A new telephone scam going around now is individuals are calling on stores and individuals pretending to be the IRS. In their conversation they caller is telling the citizen that they have not paid enough in income taxes and that there is a warrant for their arrest. To cancel the warrant the caller tells the citizen that they can pay over the phone with either a credit or debit card number, a check, or they can wire the money with either Western Union or MoneyGram. If you have not received an official letter from the IRS advising you of an audit, this is a scam. Protect your identity and banking information and tell the individuals calling to send you a certified letter. If they are wanting your address, advise them that if they are calling to let you know you owe them money, they should have your address and hang up on the individual calling.


June 07, 2013

Criminal Investigation Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking the identity of the two males regarding the theft of an iPhone from Verizon Store on Thornton Rd. The theft occurred on April 27, 2013. If anyone has any information regarding these suspects, they are encouraged to call Inv. Dale Kelley 770-920-4903 or leave a tip at (678) 486-1253. You can also leave an anonymous tip via our website.


May 28, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On 05/21/2013, Inv. Joshua Miller and Inv. Melinda Beabout from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant that resulted in the arrest of Danny Strickland, of Carrollton, for charges related to distributing child pornography. The search warrant and subsequent arrest resulted from an investigation that began on 02/16/2013 when a Douglasville woman reported that she had received an unsolicited email containing three images of child pornography from an unknown person.

The investigation led to the Carrollton home of Mr. Strickland. The search yielded numerous, graphic videos of child pornography from computer sources inside the residence. The search also resulted in charges taken by the Carrollton Police Department for possession of child pornography and drug charges. Another resident of the house was also charged with drug possession.

Special thanks to Sgt. Blake Hitchcock and the other Carrollton Police Department officers and detectives who assisted in the search of the residence and the processing of the evidence. Without their help, and especially Sgt. Hitchcock's expertise, Danny Strickland would still be at large as we waited for the evidence in the case to be processed elsewhere.


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