Hungry burglar arrested for breaking into Winterville home


Dayton Gene Hall

By Joe Johnson

At about 2:24 p.m. Monday officers responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Moores Grove Road in Winterville to investigate a reported burglary, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The resident reported that a male entered her home, removed some roasted chicken from the refrigerator, and entered her bedroom with a plate of food he had made, according to a police incident report.

The only thing the intruder said to the woman was “Hungry,” according to the report.

The woman said that the man then went into the back yard, where he broke open a watermelon on some concrete and then ate the watermelon from the ground, according to the report.

The 57-year-old woman who was home with her two grandchildren told police that the door to her home was easily opened with a credit card, the report noted.

The resident said that the suspect also rifled through belongings in her unlocked pickup truck.

The woman was able to take a photo of the man, which police said they used to locate the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Dayton Gene Hall of Cornelia in Habersham County.

Officers located Hall on Tallassee Road, where he was taken into custody and charged with first-degree burglary and entering an automobile with the intent to commit a felony, according to police.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, Hall was being held at the Clarke County Jail without bail being set for the burglary charge.

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