Newnan home burglarized

by Wes Mayer and Clay Neely


Newnan Police officers attempt to establish contact with a resident on Maple Drive off Elm Circle during a manhunt for a home invasion suspect Wednesday. 

A homeowner walked in on a burglar in his residence in neighborhood northwest of downtown Newnan around noon Wednesday, and Newnan Police are still searching for the suspect.

Around 11:30 a.m., Johnny Hanna was in his backyard on Mansour Circle walking his dog. When he returned inside, he found a man standing in his kitchen wearing a hood and a mask.

According to Hanna, the suspect entered the house by attempting to pop out a window and didn’t hear the homeowner entering the home. “I knew something was wrong when Domino (Hanna’s dog) didn’t want to go back inside,” he said.

According to Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows, Hanna locked himself in the kitchen, and when he exited, the burglar had fled his home. It is believed the suspect stole a large plastic bottle filled with quarters and some jewelry from the bedroom.

This marks the second time that Hanna has been a victim of a burglary, but he wasn’t at home during the first incident.

“This person has to know who I am,” Hanna said. “Whoever he is, he’s a chicken.”

Police searched the area around Elm Street and Dixon Street, but were unable to find the suspect, Meadows said. The investigation is ongoing.

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