Brothers charged in burglary case

By Jason A. Smith


A pair of brothers from Jonesboro is suspected of stealing several items from a Henry County home. The alleged victim in the case told police one of the items later wound up at an area pawn shop.

Giang Hoang Nguyen, 27, and John Hoang Nguyen, 24, are each charged with one count of burglary.

Henry County Police began investigating the case July 8, after receiving a report of suspicious activity at a home on Oakwood Lakes Drive in Hampton. A police report by Officer Hiram Daniel indicates the homeowner told authorities his house had been burglarized.

"He stated that over the course of the last several months, numerous items have been missing from his residence," Daniel wrote. "He stated that he noticed several additional items were missing [last] weekend from his garage."

The missing items, according to the report, included a 3,500-watt generator, a vacuum pump, a drill, a 22-inch Homelite chainsaw, a battery and charger. The total value of the missing items was reportedly more than $950.

"[The homeowner] stated that he then located the chainsaw in the EZE Cash Pawn, located at 8396 Ga. Highway 85 in Riverdale," the report states. "He obtained a copy of the pawn ticket, and it showed that Giang Nguyen had pawned it on May 7."

Police said the alleged victim was familiar with the Nguyen brothers, because his niece had dated John Nguyen in the past.

John Nguyen was arrested Aug. 3, and taken to the Henry County Jail. He appeared Aug. 4 in Magistrate Court, and his case was bound over to Superior Court.

During a bond hearing Wednesday, John Nguyen's bond was set at $35,000.

Giang Nguyen was apprehended Wednesday, and he was in court Thursday. Henry County Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin set his bond at $20,000, and bound the burglary charge against him over to Superior Court as well.