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Athens man indicted for alleged two-month crime spree

Bryson Emone Hamilton

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was recently indicted on 21 felony counts in connection with burglaries and other crimes he allegedly committed during a two-month crime spree.

Bryson Emone Hamilton, 21, of College Avenue, was charged with 13 counts of first-degree burglary, four counts of possession of tools for the commission of a crime, three counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony, and one count of financial transaction card theft, according to the indictment that was filed Dec. 17 in Clarke County Superior Court.

Athens-Clarke County police said most of the crimes occurred along the West Hancock Avenue corridor, but the indictment accuses Hamilton of also burglarizing homes on Strickland Avenue, Fifth Street and Madison Heights.

The crime spree lasted from Aug. 16 to September 30, according to the indictment.

Police said they arrested Hamilton on Nov. 1, about 90 minutes after they publicly released his name and an image of him from a survellance camera at the scene of one of the crimes. Family members accompanied Hamilton when he showed up with family members at the Clarke County Jail to surrender.

Hamilton, who has been detained at the jail without bail being set, is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 16.

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