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Student arrested in locker room thefts
Theft by taking at DCHS Gonzalez mug

A Dawson County High School student was arrested Thursday, two days after he reportedly took nearly $600 from the wallets in the school's gymnasium locker room.

Kevin Fernando Gonzalez, 18, of Dawsonville was charged with four counts of theft by taking. The charges are misdemeanors.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten, authorities used footage from the school's video surveillance system to help identify the suspect.

Wooten said it is believed that Gonzalez entered the locker room on April 14 and took money from the wallets of four classmates.

"One of the students noticed his money was missing when he went to make a purchase later that day," he said.

The sheriff's office requested video footage of the gym and was able to identify Gonzalez, who was arrested for the thefts.

Wooten said part of the missing money had been recovered as of Tuesday afternoon.

Principal Richard Crumley said Gonzalez has been suspended "pending referral to a disciplinary tribunal" that will determine if or when he could return to school.

Gonzalez was released on $6,200 bond, according to jail records.