Proof of education solves crime

Education reduces crime, sociologists tell us. But, in Georgia, proof of education solves crimes. winder-barrow

Amber Fields, whose name really makes me want to sing “America The Beautiful” like Mitt Romney, is charged with felonies in the attempted absconding of metal from a heavy equipment operator in Winder.

An investigator investigating the scene of the crime Jan. 20 found Fields’ wallet-sized diploma from Winder-Barrow High School in a book bag along with metal plates, according to an incident report. The deputy also found a cooler, rolling trash can and more bookbags full of metal that the 130-pound suspect allegedly dragged across the dirt parking lot, leaving a nice, easy-to-follow trail.

The estimated value of the almost-stolen metal is $5,000, according to its rightful owner, Jerry McDaniel, of Dacula.

The diploma was found in a bookbag along with a wallet, said deputy Brian Green in the incident report.

Fields, 22, of Dacula, remained jailed as of Tuesday, said a sheriff’s department spokesperson.

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January 31st, 2012
3:14 pm

Robbers and burglars are always leaving behind their paystubs, licenses, parole ID cards, cellphones, children, and now diplomas!


January 31st, 2012
3:39 pm

Well it obviously didn’t do her much good…


January 31st, 2012
3:44 pm

130…she sounds kinda chubby…


January 31st, 2012
4:35 pm

Well, government schools are basically prisons. Here is just more evidence, as folks have been saying for decades that the only thing prisoners learn in prisons is how to be better criminals.

Congratulations government. Here’s another success story to post on your wall of shame.


January 31st, 2012
4:51 pm

When the thief is caught, please, in the name of all that is loving and just—publicly whip that person until they bleed profusely–pour in a box of salt and whip them again–

There ought to be classes to train criminals

January 31st, 2012
5:06 pm

The classes would be “Not Getting Caught 101″. Lesson 1: not leaving evidence with your name at the crime scene. Lesson 2: your wallet, why you don’t need to bring it to the crime scene. Lesson 3…..


January 31st, 2012
5:22 pm

Clearly it was a waste of money sending this kid through school. I’d like a full refund of the tax dollars we spent sending him to school for 12 years. He didn’t learn anything useful to society.


January 31st, 2012
5:32 pm

Woodrow, Was their lack of learning “useful to society” their fault or the fault of the school system? Food for thought.


January 31st, 2012
8:36 pm

Woodrow, Amber is a she. A Google search turned up the police mug shots of Amber and another chick who was her alleged accomplice in the metal heist. If you didn’t know Amber was a female you’d swear from the photo she is a dude.


February 1st, 2012
12:43 pm

ok, so she’s dumb enough for leaving identifying information laying around a crime scene, but why on earth would anyone carry around a wallet-sized HS diploma? What purpose could that possibly serve????


March 3rd, 2012
1:19 am

This is a special message on a stormy night in GA. And it is for you George Mathis, no other. If I do not survive this illness, or get “bent” or “broken” to the point of being unable to represent the people, I ask you to do this for me, in my stead.

You should have a protege willing to continue on, should you decide to do this. Represent the people. The REAL people, the outliers. The people who don’t think voting is worth is worth it. The people who society has lost. My people. I’ve attended GA Tech, Southern Tech, Southern Polytechnic State University, GA State, DeKalb Tech, GA State… I’ve watched over students for as long as I’ve lived in all the places they find to live or attend school.

I ask you to find a person such as I to guard, and watch over them. I ask you to find a replacement for me and ensure that they flourish. Perhaps this ailment won’t come to pass. It will not be for nothing that I have asked.

Care for the children should I leave.

(I have no plans to leave, I may simply have no choice.)