A Woodstock man has been arrested in connection to a burglary that took place at a Holly Springs business Friday morning.
Perry Dewey Maple was arrested by Holly Springs police and charged with burglary, theft by receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property in the second degree.
Officers first spotted Maple walking along Holly Springs Parkway near Donna Way around 7:45 Friday morning. Holly Springs police received a call about a suspicious person in the area when Sgt. Ray Pugh spotted Maple walking along the road, said Holly Springs Police Spokeswoman Lt. Tanya Anderson.
Anderson said Maple, who fit the description of the suspicious person reported by the citizen, was allegedly carrying a black leather bag when Sgt. Ray Pugh passed him on the street. When Pugh decided to turn around and speak to Maple, the officer noticed Maple wasn't carrying the bag. Pugh asked Maple where he was going and Anderson said Maple allegedly told the officer he was walking home.
Pugh and another officer searched the surrounding area and located the bag, which contained two laptop computers. Officers detained and questioned Maple, but Anderson said Maple was subsequently released.
It wasn't Maple's first run-in with the law. Anderson said Maple has been arrested before by Holly Springs police on alleged public drunkenness and disorderly conduct charges.
It wasn't until Holly Springs officers responded to a burglary call later that morning at a business on Mountain Brook Drive when Maple re-surfaced in the minds of officers. A bag that was reported missing from the business matched the description of the bag Maple had on him. The business owners identified the bag and the laptop computers that officers confiscated from Maple.
Maple was located and arrested at Kroger in the Toonigh Village Shopping Center on Holly Springs Parkway. He remains at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with a $28,100 bond.