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BREAKING NEWS: Arrest Made in Rock Store Burglaries
By Editor Becky Watts

MEANSVILLE - An investigation into two reported smash and grab burglaries and one attempt of a burglary at the Rock Store on Highway 19 has concluded and one suspect arrested.

According to Major David Neal of the Pike County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, John Mons who is 52 years of age from Molena, used a rock to break a glass door in order to gain entry into the store twice in one weekend as shown in the Breaking News article from July 16, 2018 below. He attempted to break into the Rock Store in May.

The cash drawer was the only item stolen. Surveillance cameras provided images of the masked thief and blood evidence was collected from one of the burglaries where it appeared Mons had cut himself on the broken glass.

After identifying Mons as a suspect, a search warrant was served on his residence and for a DNA sample from Mons. Further evidence was also collected from the residence. The DNA evidence has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for analysis. Major Neal said that the arrest was made through "solid investigative work."

Mons was arrested and is being charged with two counts of smash and grab burglary and one count of attempted smash and grab burglary. Mons is currently on parole for prior burglary convictions. According to Major Neal, there are numerous prior burglary convictions on his record.

John Mons is currently on parole for burglary. According to the Department of Corrections website, Mons' parole began in February of 2018 and was supposed to continue through 2024.


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7.24.18
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BREAKING NEWS: The Rock Store Burglarized Twice This Weekend
By Editor Becky Watts

MEANSVILLE - The Rock Store Convenience Station in Meansville was burglarized twice this weekend. Major David Neal of the Pike County Sheriff's Office advised that the burglaries took place late Friday night and late last night.

Entry was made by the same person both times by breaking glass out of a door and stealing an undisclosed amount of cash both times. The Pike County Sheriff's Office has video footage of the burglar who was described as a heavy set white male.

Major Neal also advised that the burglar also left behind DNA evidence that was collected at the scene and sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab for analysis.

Anyone with information about the burglary or who saw suspicious activity around the Rock Store this weekend is asked to contact a Pike County Sheriff's Office Investigator at 770-567-8431. Those calling in tips can remain anonymous.


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7.16.18
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