Comical post on neighborhood search puts community on alert, suspect on notice

A Hall County neighborhood was curious when they saw a huge law enforcement presence late Tuesday evening. Now, officials are telling them what was going on.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Wednesday that they were in the Clermont neighborhood the night chasing down 34-year-old Justin Jeffery McBurney, a man wanted on a probation violation and several new warrants.

"He ran from our guys and they chased him all over Hades half-acre," the sheriff's office posted to their Facebook page. "But unfortunately, they lost him."

So now a chase has turned to a search of the area - with a strong focus in the Clermont and Sardis.

"But he's pretty well-traveled, locally speaking," the department said.

McBurney now faces warrants for obstruction of officers, identity theft-fraud, and forgery to go with the outstanding probation warrant.

"He has warrants, he knows he has warrants, and it appears that he is not the least bit interested in visiting our five-star bed and breakfast (see our reviews on Trip Advisor!)," the sheriff's office stated.

McBurney is described as being about 5 feet 7 inches and 170 pounds with blue eyes and short-cut or shaved brown hair.  He also has "tattoos all over" according to investigators including one on the back of his head.

Authorities continue their search adding that "eventually they always get caught."

As for the public, police ask that the residents who spot him call 911.

"We'll send our special taxi service. Justin, if you read this, come on in and visit for a spell!" the department's note to residents said in closing.

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