Police & Sheriff’s Reports
• Tuesday night about 9:22 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 100 block of Martha Street in reference to a Residential Burglary.
Officers arrived and spoke with the victim, who advised unknown person(s) had burglarized his residence.
The victim stated he left the residence at about 2:30 p.m. and recently returned to discover numerous items missing from his home.
During the investigation, police were able to determine that the residence was entered through a window in the rear, due to the screen being cut from the window and window appearing to be forced open. Officers believe the suspect(s) eventually exited through the rear door.
Missing from the living room was a 55 inch Emerson brand flat screen TV, valued at $500, a Playstation 3 video game system, valued at $400, 40 Playstation games, valued at $55 each, a Chrome cast, valued at $45, and five DVDs, valued at $20 each.
Numerous items were taken in various other rooms throughout the residence including: a reciprocating saw, valued at $75, miscellaneous tools, valued at $100, various prescription medicines, valued at approximately $200, a bicycle, valued at $300, a Wii video game system, valued at $200, 10 Wii video games, valued at $50, and a 20 inch flat screen TV of unknown value. A black gym bag was also taken, which police believe was used to carry the games and DVDs.
The master bedroom was completely ransacked, but nothing was identified as being missing.
Officers processed the location for fingerprints and this incident remains under investigation.
• Tuesday morning about 10:14 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Dollar General on Colquitt Street in reference to Shoplifting.
Officers arrived and spoke with the store manager, who stated that a black male wearing a black hat, blue shirt, and tan pants, had just stolen a camouflage belt, valued at $6.
The manager advised the suspect put the belt on inside the store and then purchased another item before exiting the store without paying for the belt.
Police were able to review security video that showed the suspect, later identified as Walter James Robinson, enter the store and select a belt from the shelf. Robinson was then seen on video removing the belt from the packaging and walking to another area of the store.
According to police, Robinson then began to put the belt on and positioned himself so that the lower half of his body was outside the view of the camera. Robinson then stayed in this position for several seconds and by the motion of his arms and upper body it was obvious that he was putting the belt on.
Once he had the belt on, Robinson stepped back into the view of the camera with his shirt un-tucked, which concealed the belt from view.
Robinson then asked the manager for assistance with the glasses and began to try on several pair, before leaving the area and picking up a package of batteries, which he purchased and left the store.
Exterior security cameras then showed Robinson walking to the BP fuel station on Hamilton Street, where he was later located.
Officer spoke to Robinson, who matched the description as seen on security video and he was wearing a camouflage belt.
Robinson admitted he had just been at Dollar General, but stated he had only done so to get some glasses. Robinson claimed that stated that he did not find a pair that he liked, so he got some batteries and left the store.
Robinson also claimed he did look at a belt, but that he did not have the money for it, so he didn’t get it.
When asked about putting the belt, Robinson claimed he was just tucking in his shirt because he had to meet his parole officer later that afternoon.
The belt Robinson was wearing matched the one taken from Dollar General, but he claimed the belt was about six months old. Police then inspected the belt, which had no signs of wear or discoloration, leading them to believe it was brand new.
A subsequent search of Robinson’s criminal history revealed that he has three prior convictions for Shoplifting and a fourth still pending in Superior Court.
As a result, Robinson, age 48, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff's Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Felony Theft by Shoplifting Four or More Convictions.
The allegedly shoplifted belt was recovered and returned to Dollar General.
Robinson is currently being held at the Troup County Jail on $1,000 bond.
The individuals listed have been cited/arrested/charged in Troup County. However, this is not an admission of guilt. All parties are considered innocent until proved guilty.