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Atlanta police arrest man wanted in Banks County

By Rob Moore Reporter
HOMER - Atlanta Police Department arrested a wanted Banks County man early Tuesday morning.<br /> <br /> Banks County Sheriff's Office was notified at 5:04 a.m. Tuesday that officers had arrested 45-year-old Chester Thomas Akins of 419 Purcell Road, Homer, said Sgt. Carissa McFaddin.<br /> <br /> "We had informed Atlanta Police Department about Mr. Akins being wanted out of our county, and kind of gave them a BOLO to be on the lookout for him and his vehicle," McFaddin said.<br /> <br /> Akins was wanted in Banks County for three felony counts of criminal damage to property under the Family Violence Act and one count of theft by taking, officials said.<br /> <br /> "On June 15, Akins actually informed his girlfriend that a bomb had been placed in the area of their home," McFaddin said.<br /> <br /> Deputies requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Hall County Sheriff's Office Bomb Detection K-9 Team, which responded but located nothing.<br /> <br /> "They were able to clear the area with no findings of any kind of explosives or elements regarding what was described," McFaddin said.<br /> <br /> While at the home, deputies observed damage.<br /> <br /> "While deputies were there on scene, they did find that the house had been excessively damaged, and belongings in the house were either damaged or destroyed by Akins," McFaddin said. <br /> <br /> Akins' girlfriend also reported several items were taken from the home. <br /> <br /> McFaddin couldn't provide details of the circumstances leading to Akins' arrest early Tuesday in Atlanta.<br /> <br /> "I can't really comment on that because I really don't know," McFaddin said.<br /> <br /> The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Atlanta Police said officers found Akins in an SUV near underground Atlanta. They told the paper they found a package with wires sticking out of it in the SUV.<br /> <br /> Police shut down several streets while they determined the package was not a threat, according to the AJC.
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