Police & Sheriff’s Reports
• Sunday night about 8:53 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Taco Bell on New Franklin Road in La-Grange in reference to counterfeit money. Officers arrived and spoke with a Taco Bell employee, who stated a female in a silver Chevrolet Impala in the drive through attempted to pay for her food with a $10 bill. The employee stated after looking at the bill and using a counterfeit marking pen on the bill, he realized it was fake and called 911.
Police then made contact with the driver, who stated she did not know the bill was counterfeit.
She claimed that around 2 p.m., she was in the area of Lincoln Street when a white male offered her $10 for a ride to the movie theater. She then dropped the unknown male off at the theater and he provided her the $10 bill which she used at Taco Bell.
Police examined the bill, which had a counterfeit pen mark indicating it was fraudulent. There was also no watermark or security strip on the bill and the ink was blurred and faded in some parts.
The front seat passenger stated he was unaware of the situation and was just in the car along with two children in the backseat.
The female agreed to show police her wallet in order to verify that there were no more matching bills within, but there was no more cash in the wallet.
Police recorded the female’s contact information and this incident is still under investigation.
• Saturday night about 10:32 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in La-Grange in reference to Shoplifting.
Police arrived and made contact with the store’s Loss Prevention Officer, who stated she had a female, later identified as Heather Louann Browning, in her office that she allegedly caught shoplifting.
The Loss Prevention Officer advised she observed Browning walk to the electronics section of the store and pick up a package containing a USB charging cable, valued at $17.96. Browning then walked to the sporting goods section, where she removed the cable from its packaging and left the packaging on a shelf as she kept walking. Browning continued to the end of the aisle and then placed the charging cable in her pocket of her jacket.
Browning then walked to the baby section and selected a baby bottle and walked back to the front of the store to the self-checkout section, where she purchased the bottle and a drink, but did not pay for the cable in her pocket.
Employees then approached Browning and escorted her to the Loss Prevention Office.
Police later spoke with Browning, who offered no explanations for her actions, but just stated she had not left the store yet when she was stopped.
According to police, Browning did not deny the theft and was only concerned with her bond amount at the jail.
The allegedly stolen charging cord prior was recovered by store employees prior to police arrival.
Police ran a criminal history check on Browning and learned she had two previous shoplifting convictions, meaning this incident would still be a misdemeanor.
As a result, Browning, age 20, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail and charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500 and issued a Criminal Trespass Warning banning her from Walmart for five years at the store’s request.
Browning was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.
• Saturday night about 8:38 p.m., LaGrange Police performed a traffic stop on a Ford Crown Victoria on Handley Street for a Tag Light Violation.
After explained the reason for the stop, officers attempted to identify each of the occupants within the vehicle, but the front seat passenger, later identified as Laraides Darren Crosby, stated he did not have any identification.
When asked for his name, the passenger claimed to be Kier Grier, but he could not spell his first name, nor could he provide his social security number. Due to the subject admitting to not knowing how to spell his own first name, police began to investigate.
After finding a photograph in police records that looked very similar to Crosby, police called for additional officers and were able to successfully identify him as Laraides Crosby using a rapid fingerprint scanner.
Crosby was also determined to have an active warrant for his arrest through the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office for Probation Violation.
As a result, Crosby, age 26, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Obstruction of Officers and held for pickup by Meriwether County Sheriff’s Deputies.
The driver was issued a warning for the Tag Light Violation and released at the scene.
• Shaquan Malik Bowman, age 23, of Opelika, Alabama, was arrested by West Point Police for Felony Burglary, Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespass, Fleeing or attempting to Elude Police, and Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.
• West Point Police responded to an incident of Second Degree Criminal Damage to Property which was reported in the area of Webb Road.
• West Point Police responded to incidents of Entering an Auto with Intent to Commit Felony or Theft which were reported in the areas of Pine Street and Woodlawn Lane.
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.