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UGA sorority rush burglary suspect arrested

Todd Rashuan Ivory

By Joe Johnson

A 34-year-old Athens man was suspected for allegedly burglarizing a University of Georgia sorority house over the weekend.

The housemother for the Chi Omega house on South Milledge Avenue reported the burglary Sunday afternoon after she said a man entered through an open door and stole a visitor’s pink Kate Spade wallet valued at $300, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

The wallet had been tethered to the owner's purse by a leather strap that had been cut, according to the report.

The door reportedly had been propped open because it was open house day for sorority rush week.

A surveillance camera recorded images of the burglary.

The following day a detective was driving on West Broad Street he saw 34-year-old Todd Rashuan Ivory of Sheats Drive walking near the Dollar General store. The detective had recently taken out warrants charging Ivory with two counts of entering an automobile with the intent to commit a felony, and he noted that Ivory was still wearing the same clothing he had on when recorded by the sorority house surveillance camera, according to police.

When the detective tried to make contact with Ivory, the suspect took off running but was quickly grabbed by a uniformed officer who responded to the area.

Ivory was arrested for obstruction of a law enforcement officer and subsequently served with warrants charging him with first-degree burglary and the entering autos.

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