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Man Steals Lunch, Gets Felony Charges

LaGrange Police have arrested a man on a pair of felony charges after he allegedly stole a lunch from the company fridge at work. Thursday morning about 9:28 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to Sewon America on Sewon Boulevard in reference to reports of a theft.

Police arrived and met with a male employee who stated someone stole lunch which contained his prescribed hydrocodone medication. The victim advised the medicine had been in his Browning camouflage lunch bag and stored in the refrigerator inside the employee break room.

According to the victim, the prescription had just been filled over the weekend and 80 of the 90 pills still remained in the bottle when it was stolen.

Police then spoke with an employee from Sewon security, who advised he had reviewed surveillance video of the incident and determined one of their employees, Tredarius Marquis Mathis, had went into the refrigerator at 6:44 a.m. and stole the camouflage lunch bag.

The security employee advised the lunch bag was later found in the waiting area near the guard shack, but the bag no longer contained the prescription bottle.

Police then personally reviewed the security footage and watched Mathis enter the refrigerator, take the camouflage bag, and walked away.

Officers attempted to make contact with Mathis at his listed address on Peachtree Street, but police were advised by Mathis’ grandfather that he does not live at that address.

Investigators were later contacted by Mathis via telephone wishing to speak about the incident. Officers advised Mathis that they needed the pills that he got from work back and he replied that he wasn’t taking the pills to sell them or anything.

He then claimed that he took the pills by mistake and intended to bring them back to work. Mathis stated he still had all the pills and would return them when he arrived back at work at 6:30 p.m.

Police say the 80 hyrdrocodone pills that were allegedly taken by Mathis had an estimated street value of $2,000.

As a result, Mathis, age 21, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of a Schedule II Substance (Felony) and Felony Theft.

Mathis was later released from the Troup County Jail on $6,000 bond.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer