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Gainesville man arrested in mountain resort heist
Forrest Hills Burglary-Arrest

An arrest has been made in last week's burglary at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort.

According to Lumpkin County Sheriff Lt. Wesley Burnett, 29-year-old Brandon Ashley Hulsey was taken into custody at his Gainesville home Aug. 19.

In addition to the arrest warrants for Hulsey, a search warrant was also executed on his home.

He is currently charged with 12 counts of burglary.

More arrests and charges are pending, Burnett said.

On Aug. 12, the owners of the popular mountain resort that sits just across the Dawson County line in Dahlonega reported that 15 TVs ranging in size from 32-50 inch sets, a nearly new brown leather sofa, mini refrigerators and construction equipment such as ladders and paint were missing from cabins on the property.

Two white men can be seen on surveillance video entering the resort on three different occasions on Aug. 11.

"They came at 7 o'clock in the evening. So in the broad daylight they came in, parked their truck somewhere on the property, drank bottles of beer, and were walking around the resort, scoping it out," Michele DeBlois, whose parents opened Forrest Hills Mountain Resort nearly 40 year ago. "It looks like they were probably shopping."

DeBlois said the most shocking part is that the pair had keys that allowed them to enter buildings on the resort.

"Somehow they had keys, so I'm surprised we don't recognize who they are. I can't imagine how they got the keys, except there was one time we were broken into and somebody had stolen some keys out of the office," she said.

All doors at the resort are now re-keyed and new video surveillance is being installed.

"We're adding more video, better cameras so we can get more details, tag numbers, everything. I'm going to dare anybody to come and try this again," DeBlois said.

Last week's burglary is the second at Forrest Hills this year.

"There was also a report back in April. TVs were taken then also," Burnett said.

It was unclear at press time if authorities believe the cases to be related.

According to DeBlois, a $3,000 reward was being offered to enlist the public's help in finding the culprits in last week's burglary.