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Copper thief caught red-handed
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Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies caught an alleged burglar after chasing him through the woods Saturday morning.

Daniel Morrison, 33 of Conyers, was arrested and charged with burglary and willful obstruction of law enforcement.

According to reports, deputies responded to a call around 11:30 a.m. stating a black male just climbed into the rear window of a green, vacant house on Sugarmaple Lane.

When the deputies arrived at the scene they saw an open window on the second floor with a second-story deck without steps near it.

"It was apparent that the suspect climbed the deck to gain entrance," the report said.

The deputies could then hear "banging and crashing from inside the house."

A deputy at the front of the house yelled, "Come back here. Stop."

According to reports, a black male wearing a skull cap, black pants and a black hooded sweatshirt came running out the front, jumping over several wooden fences and headed toward Sugarmaple Lane through the wooded area between houses.

After foot chase, the deputies eventually caught the suspect, Daniel Morrison. While being transported to the Rockdale County jail, Morrison complained of asthma and was taken to Rockdale Medical Center.

Back at the residence on Sugarmaple, deputies noticed a hacksaw and wiring at the top of the steps. They also saw a flashlight turned on sitting in the bathroom, where the toilet had been removed. All of the copper pipes were also removed from the master bathroom.