An Ila woman was arrested on Christmas Day after she reported a false crime.
Mary Shellie Drake, 34, 98 Hudson River Church Road, was charged with one count of false report of a crime after officer Josh Fowler was summoned to Fitzpatrick Road regarding a theft. Drake told Fowler that she went to Dollar General to pick up some items that day, but noticed that the store was not open. She walked over to the drink machine to buy a drink, she said, when two black males in a gold Nissan jumped on her and took $103 in cash from her person. Fowler asked what part of the store she was at so he could attempt to obtain surveillance video to better identify her attackers. She then said it didn’t happen at Dollar General, but a mile down the road from there where she stopped to help the men with their car, which had broken down.
Fowler told her she would be arrested if she kept changing her story and she then admitted that nothing happened and that she had thrown the money out the window. She said she told her mother a lie so she wouldn’t be mad at her and that her mother called 9-1-1 because she told her mother the men threatened her.
In another arrest, Ashton Nicole Fowler, 22, 1574 Arrowhead Drive, Greensboro, was charged with theft by taking after she and a companion allegedly stole a GPS system from a woman who stopped to give them a ride to Ingles. The woman reported the GPS missing and officer Gary Floyd arrested Fowler after finding her with the GPS and other items in an Ingles bathroom. Her companion ran out the door of Ingles and into the woods.
Other arrests on file at the sheriff’s office this week included:
•Joseph Jason Apple, 36, 2192 Spratlin Mill Road, Hull, burglary, theft by taking, no proof of insurance and no tag.
•Arnufo Lopez Arellano, 29, 1465, Hwy. 29 North, Lot E-13, Athens, driving without a valid license.
•Maritta Sue Ayers, 46, 1087 Ferry Jenkins Road, Martin, failure to appear.
•Randall Keith Brady, 47, 2246 Hwy. 98, Danielsville, driving while license withdrawn and a probation violation. (GSP-Athens)
•Roger Eugene Bray, Jr., 32, 3145 Cherokee Road, Comer, driving while license withdrawn and seat belt violation.