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Stolen funeral home van recovered
Arrest made in theft of floral van

A suspect was arrested Sunday evening for allegedly stealing a van belonging to Bearden Funeral Home in Dawsonville.

The owner of the funeral home, Ted Bearden, reported Oct. 4 that the floral-toting van was stolen from the funeral home property sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. as staff was inside the building preparing for a service.

According to the police report, the white 2005 Chevrolet Express had unlocked doors and keys in the ignition when it was taken from the parking lot.

Sheriff Jeff Johnson said this evening that the van was spotted late Oct. 8 by a Dawson County resident. The resident saw the van pass by where it had been stolen, and contacted sheriff’s office investigators.

“Not only was the van recovered and returned but the suspect was taken into custody and will be charged with ‘theft of motor vehicle,’” Johnson said. “We here at the sheriff's office want to thank the citizens who helped find the stolen van and the wanted suspect.”

More details will be added as they become available.