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Wednesday September 7th

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.

• Monday morning about 11:18 a.m., officers took a walk-in report at the La-Grange Police Department in reference to Identity Theft Fraud.

Police spoke to the female complainant, who stated that starting in August she began receiving credit card applications and phone calls regarding credit purchases that she did not know about.

The victim stated she believes an unknown person possibly took out a Target credit card at a New Jersey store kiosk. Since then the card in her name was used for $2,000 worth of purchases at Nordstrom and $1,000 at Gap. She also received information indicating credit card applications were completed in her name with Victoria Secret and Express.

These incidents are still under investigation.

• Saturday afternoon about 4:32 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to Shoplifting.

Police arrived and spoke with the store’s Loss Prevention Officer who advised she had been watching a male subject who was continuously walking around not selecting anything. She advised while watching the subject, later identified as Dantavious Tyshun Rutledge, she saw him open a $9 pack of Hanes t-shirts and conceal them in his shorts.

Rutledge was then stopped at the exit after he attempted to leave without paying for the items.

Officers later spoke to Rutledge and asked him what happened. According to police, Rutledge was vague about what happened, but he admitted to trying to take the t-shirts.

As a result, Rutledge, age 18, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500.

Rutledge was later released from the Troup County Jail on $1,000 bond.

• Saturday afternoon about 3:32 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 600 block of Greenville Street in reference to a Burglary.

Officers arrived and spoke to the male complainant, who stated he just discovered his tools had been stolen from his backyard shed.

Missing from the shed was an orange Husqvarna chainsaw, valued at $100, a green Ryobi weed eater, valued at $100, and a red Husky air compressor, valued at $100.

The complainant stated the tools were last seen the previous day around 6 p.m. He stated his wife informed him the shed door was open at around 9 a.m., but he was not concerned at the time thinking he had left the door that way. He later went to retrieve some tools and realized the tools were missing. He also remembered he had locked the doors and someone had entered the shed and stolen the tools.

Police were unable to find any signs of forced entry and there was no damage to the doors or locks, but officers noticed a rear window to the shed didn’t have any glass. The complainant advised there is no glass in the window because he intends on placing a window air conditioning unit in it.

Officers processed the scene for fingerprints and canvassed the area for any potential witnesses, but no one reported seeing anything unusual.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Sunday morning about 10:19 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Checkers on Vernon Street in reference to an employee theft.

Police arrived and met with the general manager, who stated when he arrived at work he began checking the daily deposits and discovered it was $125 short.

He then grew suspicious, so he reviewed store security video where the assistant manager counted the daily deposits at about 2 a.m. Police watched the video with the store manager and observed suspicious from the assistant manager.

According to police, the assistant manager was seen on video counting the money and looking up front several times as if to make sure no one was watching him. They say at times, he would count the money underneath the desk as if he was trying to hide the money. During this time, he appeared to move his hands as if he is sliding cash away from the cash drawer to hide it.

Police noted there is no video of him actually placing the money in his pockets.

While officers were reviewing the video, the manager stated the assistant manager was upset that he was shorted money on his paycheck. When asked how much he was shorted, the store manager stated it was about $125.

When asked if he wanted to file criminal charges, the store manager stated he would need to speak with his supervisor first to determine the next course of action and they would contact police when a decision to bring about criminal charges or not.

This incident is still under investigation.

• West Point Police investigated an incident of Simple Assault which allegedly occurred on Avenue H.

• William Don Rodgers, age 56, of Louisiana, was arrested by West Point Police for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.