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Wednesday August 31st

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.

• Early Sunday morning about 1:36 a.m., LaGrange Police made contact with a grey Nissan Altima in the area of Mooty Bridge Road near Wisteria Ridge due to a malfunctioning tag light.

Upon making contact with the passenger, later identified as Donald Belcher, he claimed to be Curtis Belcher, but had a hard time reciting his date of birth.

Feeling suspicious, officers checked police records and learned the subject was actually Donald, who had an active warrant through the State of Georgia for Probation Violation.

Belcher was then taken into custody and searched to arrest. During the search, police determined Belcher was in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana that he had tried to conceal in his anal area.

As a result Belcher, age 24, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce, Obstruction of Officers, and the warrant for Probation Violation.

Belcher is being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.

• Sunday morning about 12:35 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to Linder Auto Center on Hogansville Road, in reference to a witness reporting that four black males were throwing a rock into the front window of the business and entering it.

Prior to their arrival, the witness advised that the males had exited the business and ran down Sirrine Street.

Officers arrived at the business, and entered through the open front door and proceeded to clear the building. Police noted the only items that appeared to have been disturbed were at the front desk, where the suspects appeared to have been rummaged through items looking for the keys to the vehicles outside.

The offenders’ entry was obviously the window that had been shattered. It appears as if they attempted to throw at least two rocks through the window in hopes of it shattering, but when it didn’t shatter, they kicked in the window.

The witness advised the burglars were young black males, possibly juveniles. Two of the subjects were wearing white shirts on with large writing on the rear and what appeared to be basketball shorts.

Just after the original 911 call, additional officers observed a group of four black males walking down Fair Street, but police were unable to make contact with them. After officers attempted to make contact, the four subjects broke off running in different directions. Officers searched the area and were unable to locate them again.

Police later spoke with the business owner and determined nothing appeared to have been taken, but he estimated that cost to replace the large window that had been broken at around $900.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Saturday afternoon about 1:21 p.m., LaGrange Police were at the Walmart on New Franklin Road investigating a private property accident, when officers requested to review the surveillance video to determine who was fault regarding the accident.

While doing so, police were informed that a male, later identified as Tadarious McCutheon, was seen concealing an unknown item inside the crotch of his pants. Police then reviewed the surveillance footage and confirmed McCutheon’s actions.

McCutheon then walked though a checkout lane and purchase an orange soda, but didn’t pay for the concealed item. He was then stopped at the exit door and was escorted to the loss prevention office.

Police then asked Mc-Cutheon to remove all of the items from his person that he did not purchase, and he did so emptying out a pair of Viper brand ear buds and a phone charger total, valued at a total of $13.86.

Officers say McCutheon later became visibly upset and requested multiple times to be allowed to pay for the items he concealed, continually saying he made a mistake. He later admitted to also having a pack of Hanes t-shirts, valued at $13.98, concealed in his right pants leg.

As a result, McCutheon, age 18, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500 and issued a Criminal Trespass Warning banning him from Walmart at the store’s request.

McCutheon was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.

• Friday evening about 5:02 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 200 block of Waverly Way in reference to a Hit and Run auto collision.

Officers arrived and spoke with the complainant driver, who stated he had been driving his blue BMW 335I on Waverly Way when a red Chevrolet pickup truck came up quickly from behind and began weaving and tailgating him. He stated that as he got near the stop sign at Virginia Avenue the truck suddenly struck him in the rear.

The complainant driver stated they then stopped and the other driver got out and ‘squared up’ as if he was ready to fight. They then exchanged some heated words and the other male got back in his truck, backed up laying drag, backed into a drive way, and peeled out of the drive way leaving more drag.

Police observed and documented several very obvious areas of skid and drag marks, as well as damage to the rear of the BMW.

Police spoke to a female witness who stated she observed the red truck come around the curve near Edmonson Drive so fast that it was on ‘two wheels.’ She also confirmed the driving manners as described by the complainant.

Both witnesses stated the driver appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.

A Be On the Look Out warning was issued for the pickup truck and shortly afterwards Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies located the vehicle on Whitaker Road. Deputies say the driver, later identified as Daniel Chase Jackson, was initially out of the truck, but upon seeing law enforcement, he jumped in the truck and backed up a short distance as if he was going to flee, but did not.

Jackson was wearing clothing matching exactly the description provided by the victim, so he was placed under arrest. Police say Jackson was sweating profusely and acting irrational, but denied knowing anything about a collision or ever being on Waverly Way.

Jackson, age 21, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with Following Too Close, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Reckless Driving, Laying Drag, and No Insurance.