Police & Sheriff’s Reports
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.
• Friday morning about 5:26 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Restlawn Cemetery on Mooty Bridge Road in reference to a single vehicle hit & run accident.
Officers responded to the call, which was called in by a passing motorist, and found an unoccupied green Hyundai Santa Fe that had wrecked on the side of the road.
Police searched the surrounding area for anyone who may have been involved in the accident, but were unable to locate anyone in the area.
The Hyundai had frost on the windows indicating the vehicle had been there for some time and the accident had not just occurred.
Police also located a large plastic bag full of prescription drugs inside the vehicle and a Colt 45 malt liquor beverage, which were both visible from outside the vehicle.
Upon further investigation, the prescription drugs were determined to have been prescribed to the registered owner of the vehicle, a female out of Lanett, Alabama.
There was severe damage to all sides of the vehicle, but the bulk of the damage was to the front end. Both the driver and passenger airbags deployed and the driver side one appeared to have a small amount of blood on it.
Tire tracks indicated the vehicle left the roadway and continued about 100 yards where it ran over a lare bush and came to a stop near the Restlawn entrance.
None of the surrounding hospitals reported persons involved in the accident.
Police attempted to contact the registered owner of the vehicle via telephone and sent a Lanett Officer to her residence, but both attempts at contact were unsuccessful.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Friday morning about 1:12 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 400 block of Jefferson Street in reference to a fight in progress.
Officers arrived and spoke with the complainant, who stated he came home the previous evening and placed his Berretta .40 caliber pistol, valued at $950 top of his refrigerator. He stated he placed the firearm there, which is where he always keeps it, and later went to bed.
At about 11 p.m., he woke up and noticed the firearm was missing. The complainant advised he then confronted his brother about the whereabouts of his gun and the two got into a fight.
When police arrived the brothers were screaming at each other, with one demanding the gun back and the other denying having taken the gun.
Police were later called back to the scene and advised a camera was missing as well. The complainant advised a Sony HD video camera, valued at $500, was taken from his daughter’s bedroom.
The family was very adamant that the other brother, who lives in an add-on room in the back of the residence, was responsible for taking the property. The room later searched for the missing property, but neither the gun nor the camera was located.
The complainant stated he was certain his brother had taken the items as he has no job and believes he sold the items to buy drugs.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Thursday morning about 11:06 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to Shoplifting in progress.
Soon afterwards police located the vehicle and performed an investigative traffic stop near Ridley Avenue and Mooty Bridge Road.
Officers then made contact with the occupants of the vehicle and advised the reason for the stop. The driver, Saneleisa “San” Hawkins, denied shoplifting any items from Walmart and even gave consent to search her vehicle without being asked. Police also identified the front seat passenger as Gail Jenkins and the rear seat passenger, who was later determined to not be involved with the incident.
The subjects where briefly detained while officers continued on to Walmart to obtain additional information regarding the incident.
While at Walmart, police spoke with the store’s Asset Protection Officer, who stated she observed on video two females select merchandise, remove the tags, and then conceal the merchandise in a bag that was inside the shopping cart.
The AP Officer advised the females concealed various clothing and makeup, valued at $50.
The two were then confronted as they exited the store, but they refused to stop. The AP Officer then followed the suspects two to their vehicle and the driver attempted to cover up the license plate with her wallet.
Police then watched the video, which showed both Hawkins and Jenkins removing tags from merchandise and concealing that merchandise within a purse or other bag.
Officers then relocated back to the traffic stop and spoke with the suspects, who continued to deny the theft.
Police then searched the vehicle with consent and located a pair of brand new jeans that were taken during the incident, but the Hawkins insisted the blue jeans were bought by her boyfriend in Alabama.
After the subjects were taken back to Walmart and confronted with video evidence, they confessed to taking the items.
Both Hawkins, age 23, and Jenkins, age 48, were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail and charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500.
Both subjects were later released from the Troup County Jail on $1,000 bond.