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Georgia's New Secondary Metal Recycler Law

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 10-1-360, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity
must register with the appropriate sheriff's office(s) beginning July 1, 2012.

  • The recycler must submit a completed registration form in person to Sgt. Chuck Catlin. Sgt. Catlin can be reached at
    (678) 486-1237 or through email.
  • The recycler must also submit a copy of the driver's license or other identification along with the registration documents.
  • If the recycler is a qualified alien, secure and verifiable documentation must be attached to the application. A list of verifiable documents is included below.
  • Annually collect a non-refundable registration fee of $200, which must be remitted to the county governing authority. Registrations cannot be considered without full payment of $200.
  • Each registration is valid for a twelve month period beginning with the effective date of registration established by the sheriff’s office once all registration requirements are met.

How the Appropriate County of Registration is Determined

  • Business (Corporation or Partnership) :
    The recycler registering as a business must register with the sheriff in county where the place of operation is maintained. If the recycler maintains a place of operation in more than one county, he/she must register the business in each county.
  • Individual (Sole Proprietor):
    An individual must register in the county where he/she resides.
  • Non-resident of Georgia:
    A recycler who is not a resident of Georgia must register in the county where he/she primarily engages or intends to operate as a secondary metals recycler.


We Have Moved!

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has moved. If you need to request a background check, register as a sex offender or talk to one of our deputies in person, our new address is:

8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd.
Douglasville, Georgia 30134

Criminal Investigations Division


Identity theft can affect taxpayers in two primary ways:

  1. Refund-related: This occurs when the identity thief uses the victim's SSN to file a false federal income tax return to obtain funds. If the thief files before the victim, the victim may not receive his or her refund in a timely fashion.
  2. Employment-related or Income-related: This occurs when the identity thief uses the victim's SSN to obtain employment, resulting in what may appear as unreported income under the victim's account.

For both forms of identity theft the taxpayer must submit the following documentation to the IRS by mail or by visiting the local IRS Office.

For Refund-Related identity theft:

  1. A photocopy of one or more of the following:
    • Social Security Card
    • Passport
    • Driver's License
    • Other Federal or State issued identification, AND
  2. One of the following:

Attach the documentation referenced above to your paper return if you have not yet filed, or to a letter of explanation if you have already submitted a return. Send the information to the location where the return is filed.

For Employment-Related or Income Related identity theft issues, attach the documentation referenced above along with any notice received from the IRS, and send to:

Internal Revenue Service,
PO Box 9039,
Andover, MA 01810–0939,
fax to (978) 247–9965 (this is not a toll-free number).

If additional assistance is needed, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) using the toll-free number 800-908-4490, or visit the IRS website at (keyword identity theft).

To request a copy of the victim’s tax return and related refund information to assist in local jurisdiction prosecutions:
Form 8821-A Must be completed with no scratch outs, be legible, no blank spaces, and one form per tax year. We must have the original signature. If the form is incomplete or illegible in any way the form will be returned for corrections. Mail original Forms 8821-A along with a photocopy of Form 14039 to:

IRS-CI Disclosure Waiver Program
401 West Peachtree Street – Room 600
Atlanta, GA 30308

The 8821 A form (Victim's tax return waiver) must be picked up at the Sheriff's Office. Copies are at the front desk along with copies of the 14039 form (Identity theft Affidavit).

Action Steps for Victims:

  • Make a police report with the Police Jurisdiction where you live. Provide as much documentation as possible, to include who you talked to at xyz company and their phone number, copies of statements, etc.
  • Contact all your creditors, by phone and in writing (include a Universal Fraud Affidavit), and inform them of the problem. Suspects often apply for Instant Credit at businesses in your name. If you already have an account with the company he says "I forgot about that, how much credit do I have. I'll take the Big Screen TV, Washer/ Dryer, and a new computer".
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission to report the identity theft.
  • Obtain your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus. Attempt to get one from a local bureau in the area the fraud occurred. Report the identity theft to their fraud units. Have a "Fraud Alert/Victim Impact" statement placed in your credit file asking that creditors call you before opening any new accounts.
  • Alert your bank and check verification companies to flag your accounts and to contact you to confirm unusual activity. Change your account numbers if they were compromised. Request a change of PIN's and Passwords if they are easily guessed, or were compromised.
  • Obtain your Social Security Administration (SSA) report and check for benefits paid out, or income earned in your name. Report the situation to the SSA Fraud Hotline if your SSN was misused.
  • Check post office for possible change of address for you. Suspects have filed for a Change of address to have all mail concerning the fraud come to their address, or a fictitious address, so you don't see it. This gives them more time to commit more fraud.
  • Check tenant screening services for apartments rented in your name (This may also be available on your credit report).
  • Contact driver license authority (Georgia Department of Driver Services); (770) 918-5822 or access the Web site: Then contact the state where the loss/theft occurred to see if a license, or any traffic citations were issued in your name. If so, request a new license number and fill out the DMV's complaint form to begin the fraud investigation process.
  • Keep a log of all contacts and make copies of all documents. Ask for a fraud investigator at most companies as a point
    of contact.
  • Contact a privacy or consumer advocacy group for assistance and resources.


Federal Trade Commission: (877) 438-4338 - Web site Information
Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline: (800) 269-0271 - Web site Information

Major Credit Bureaus:

Equifax Corp
To order report:
(800) 997-2493
Fraud #: (800) 525-6285
Web site
Experian (formerly TRW)
To order report:
(888) 397-3742 or (800) 520-1221
Fraud #: (800) 311-4769
Web site
Trans Union
To order report:
(800) 888-4213
Fraud #: (800) 680-7289
Web site


Stolen checks or bank accounts set up fraudulently in your name, call these check guarantee companies. They can flag your file so that counterfeit checks will be refused.

  • CheckRite - (800) 766-2748
  • Chexsystems - (800) 428-9623
  • CrossCheck - (707) 586-0551
  • Equifax - (800) 437-5120
  • International Check Svcs - (800) 526-5380
  • SCAN - (800) 262-2771
  • TeleCheck - (800) 710-9898

NATIONAL CHECK FRAUD CENTER: (843) 571-2143 (Web site)

Consumer Advocacy Groups:

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105
San Diego, CA 2101
Phone: (619) 298-3396
Web site
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
218 D St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 546-9707
Web site

If you have any questions please contact:
Investigator Joshua Skinner
(678) 486-1254

April 30, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

James Russell Luke was sentenced on April 29 to a term of 40 years to serve 17 in prison for four counts of Child Molestation. Luke is also facing charges in Cobb County for the same offense with a different victim. Luke was molesting his step grandchildren in Fulton, Cobb and Douglas Counties. He was tried and sentenced first for the case in Douglas County and other Counties are pending in their prosecutions. In October of 2012 the Douglas County investigation began and Investigators here worked briefly with Cobb County Crimes Against Children Unit with agencies helping each other in looking into Luke's past and present activities with his grandchildren. Once Luke makes Probation / Parole, he will be a registered sex offender under Georgia Laws.

April 29, 2013

Command Division

The Sheriff's Office would like to congratulate the following staff for their outstanding contributions to the department and service to the citizens over the last year. They were presented with Community Service Awards by the American Legion last Friday night.

  • Lieutenant Lamar Newborn, Correctional Officer of the Year
  • Deputy Ashley Hill, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • Supv. Jillian Ridge, Civilian Employee of the Year

The Sheriff's Office is truly blessed to have outstanding employees serving our community.

Stan Copeland, Chief Deputy

April 22, 2013

"Moonshiners" Television Star Tim Smith Stopping Tuesday At The Douglas County Fire/Ems Department To Raise Funds For The West, Texas, Volunteer Fire Department

The Discovery Channel's "Moonshiners" television show star Tim Smith will be stopping Tuesday, April 23rd, at the Douglas County Fire/EMS Headquarters from 4 - 6 p.m. to raise funds for the West, Texas, Volunteer Fire Department that was destroyed in last week's fertilizer plant blast. In private life, Mr. Smith is the Fire Chief of the Climax, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department, a small volunteer fire department similar to that of West, Texas.

Dubbed "Operation West Texas", Mr. Smith is traveling from Virginia to Texas, stopping along the way to accept donations, 100 percent of which will go to the West, Texas, Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The Douglas County Fire/EMS staff will accept donations in fire boots at the Fire Department Headquarters, located at 6856 Broad Street/Bankhead Highway in Douglasville (lower parking lot with access from Church Street, parking available across Church Street in the old Douglas County Jail parking lot).

Cash and checks are appreciated. Checks should be made payable to the NFFF c/o West, Texas, Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund. Donations by credit card may be made at All donated funds will be used to assist the firefighters and coworkers to rebuild their lives, and support the programs and services they will need.

As a result of the blast, the West, Texas, Volunteer Fire Department along with the apparatus, equipment and turn-out gear were destroyed or badly damaged. Donations of equipment are also appreciated.

April 18, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On Wednesday 4-10-13 between the Hours of 3:30 pm and 4:00pm A B/M 16-20 years old 5"08 140 pounds Tattoos on hands Dollar sign and possibly "TW" along with several other Tattoos walked up to a Female at the Shell Gas station at 825 Thornton Rd. He asked to use her cell phone (an iPhone). The Female handed him the phone and he ran into Crestmark Apartments behind Chick Fil A. These pictures are from the store video. The suspect possibly lives inside Crestmark or knows someone who does. If you have any information on this person's whereabouts and/or identity, please contact Inv. AJ Williams at 678 486 1234, and refer to case #DCSO13OFF002565.

Criminal Investigations Division

We are having our annual softball tournament for the Domestic Violence Task Force this weekend. It is a lot of fun each year we do it. All the proceeds go to the Task Force. It will be held on the softball fields at Hunter Park.

One of the first games at 7pm Friday night will match the Sheriff's Office against the Douglasville Police Department. We are trying to get people to come out and watch the game. The weather is still up in the air about cooperating for Friday night. So, if it rains we will play at 8:30am on Saturday. The tournament will last all day Saturday. It is a double elimination tournament.

There are a total of 10 teams competing, seven public safety and three local non law enforcement teams. They are:

  • Douglas County Sheriff's Office
  • Douglasville Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department
  • Douglas County Solicitor's Office
  • Douglasville Parole
  • Sentinel Probation
  • Carroll County Fire Department
  • Darin Sims' team (Bat Influence)
  • Mic Taylor's team (Short Circuit)
  • Cindy Hogan's team (Mud Dawgs)

April 17, 2013

Criminial Investigations Division

On 4/16/13 at 0200 hours, the subject depicted in the photographs was captured on video at Great American Inc. on Westfork Blvd. Entry was made by breaking the glass of the front door and the subject reaching through the door and unlocking it.

Once inside he used a screw driver to pry open the cash registers and removed cash money.

Anyone who has information on this individual, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 770-949-5656 and refer to case # DCSO13OFF002674.

April 12, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Investigators with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office who are part of the Georgia and Federal, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, participated yesterday in the statewide operation, "Guarding Innocence." Douglas County Investigators went to two different target locations suspected in the dissemination and possession of Child Pornography and child exploitative materials. Investigators with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office have been preparing for weeks with state and federal officials conducting intelligence and background data leading to two search warrants being granted for residences in Douglas County.

Both search warrants were executed on 04/10/13 with the first from Inv. Joshua Miller, who executed a search warrant at about 8:30 am. at the home of David Christopher Ingalsbe, located in the Golden Estates mobile home community. Sgt. Sharon Carroll from the Criminal Investigations Division, Sgt. Charlie Mitchell, Dep. Justin Phillips, and Dep. Bichis from the Uniform Patrol Division, and Det. Blake Hitchcock, a Forensic Computer Specialist from Carrollton Police Department, assisted in the search The search of the home yielded digital child pornography videos on various digital storage devices. The search also yielded some marijuana, illegally-possessed prescription pills, and some drug related objects.

Ingalsbe was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children in regards to the Child Pornography, Possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Related Objects. On 04/11/13 Ingalsbe appeared before Judge Barbara Caldwell for his first appearance where he was denied bond.

The second target was approached at 10:45 am. an 04/10/2013 by Inv. Jay Hayes, Sgt. John Sweat and Dep. Vargas, at a home on Meadowview drive in Lithia Springs Ga. Computer Forensic Examiner, B. Hitchcock with the Carrollton Police Dept. accompanied Investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. A total of 5 phones and 3 tablets were examined along with one lap top. The lap top was seized for further forensic examination. One arrest was made at the house on Meadowview when 18 year old Francisco Lopez-Salazar gave Investigators false information in their attempt to identify him. The investigation into Child Exploitation and Child Pornography is ongoing for this location. Salazar was released on Bond on 04/10/2013 and on 04/11/13 Ingalsbe appeared before Judge Barbara Caldwell for his first appearance where he was denied bond.

April 01, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division is trying to identify this person in reference to burglaries that have occurred in and around the "Meadows" off of Lee Rd. If you have any information as to the identity and / or location of this person please contact Inv. Matt Gray at 770-920-3923.

March 26, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

Video and full story provided by Kaitlyn Pratt of

Authorities are searching for a man they believe is responsible for several robberies in Douglas and Cobb counties.

Deputies say the man opened the door of a Title Max on Veteran's Memorial Highway on Friday afternoon and went right to work. His surprise entrance was caught on surveillance cameras.

Investigators said that the man wore a mask and held a gun as he collected cash from a register.

Detective Joshua Miller of the Douglas County Sheriff's office said that the man grabbed an employee by the shoulder and led him to the back of the store. He put the other employees on the ground, Miller said.

The suspect kept his cool during the robbery, witnesses said.

"Victims say he had a smooth voice and was not aggressive in the way he was speaking to them," Miller said.

The entire incident was over less than a minute after it began, Miller said.

The crook made his escape through some nearby woods. Deputies said they believe he's behind similar crimes in Cobb County.

"Not only does his actions lead to the idea that he's done it before, but also there have been similar robberies in similar type businesses," said Miller.

Investigators to catch the culprit before a victim is hurt or killed.

"These things are scary. When people have guns pointed in their faces they don't always comply. There's an instinct to fight, to resist this, because it isn't right," Miller said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

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