Perry Dewey Maple, 45, of Woodstock, was charged with burglary, theft by receiving stolen property and criminal damage in the second degree after police stopped him around 7:40 a.m. Friday.
Police spokeswoman Lt. Tanya Anderson said two officers initially stopped Maple on Holly Springs Parkway while he was carrying a black leather bag, but did not have it when one of the officers, a sergeant, turned around to talk to him.
Anderson said Maple was arrested on two prior occasions and was familiar to the officers. The two officers searched the area and found the bag, which contained two laptops. Maple was detained and questioned but later released.
At around 11 a.m., Holly Springs police responded to a burglary at a business on Mountain Brook Drive.
According to police, a bag that was reported stolen from the business matched the description of the bag that Maple had been seen carrying.
Officers had the business owners positively identify the bag and laptops that been recovered from Maple, said Anderson.
She said Maple was located a few minutes after the burglary call at the Kroger grocery store in Toonigh Village on Highway 5 in Holly Springs and arrested.
Anderson did not identify which business had been burglarized. However, she said that a window was broken in the building, which is how the suspect gained entry.