An off-duty officer is responsible for apprehending a burglary suspect in the act Wednesday, according to police.
The officer was in the area of 220 Cherry Street around 7 a.m. when he noticed a suspicious vehicle repeatedly driving slowly by Moats Plumbing, police said.
The off-duty officer called 911. Reports state the officer arriving on the scene found the vehicle parked at the plumbing business building with various items from the building on the ground.
The suspect, identified as Craig Waits, 25, of Rockmart, allegedly tried to flee. Police state the off-duty officer then helped his colleague secure Waits.
Waits is charges with burglary, theft by taking and driving with a suspended license.
He remains in the Polk County Jail.
A second incident occurred Thursday at the old vacant Partners Restaurant building across the street from the police station, reports state.
In that incident, a witness saw two men steal an air conditioning unit. They called police and officers stopped the suspects at the intersection of Goodyear and Piedmont Avenues.
The two arrested are Jessie Haddock, 18, of Aragon, and Arthor Thomas, 20, of Rockmart.
Haddock and Thomas face charges of theft by taking, criminal damage to property in the second degree, and criminal trespass.
Both remain in the Polk County Jail.
Police state that incident also resulted in an officer being struck by a separate vehicle in the traffic while he made the traffic stop on Haddock and Thomas. The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) is investigating that incident.
The officer was treated and released from the hospital.