Monday September 19th

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.

• Thursday afternoon about 3:39 p.m., officers took a walkin report at the LaGrange Police Department in reference to Financial Transaction Card Fraud.

Police spoke with the female complainant, who advised she believes someone has gained access to her bank account or card information.

The female advised her SunTrust bank account had a transaction for $342.50 in College Park, GA, and another transaction of $1,800, but the second charge was declined. She advised that she didn’t make either transaction and the account has since been blocked.

The victim stated she is unaware of anyone who may have gained access from her account or her card, which has been in her possession the entire time.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Thursday afternoon about 1:31 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 100 block of Adams Drive in reference to a theft.

Police arrived and spoke to the complainant, who advised that while attending appointments and other errands between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. she forgot to close her garage door.

When she returned she discovered her Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner, a floral tan rug, and a decorative vase were stolen from the garage. The items were estimated at $300 in total value.

The victim advised she didn’t initially intend to file a police report, but was asked to do so by her property manager.

Police canvassed the area for any potential witnesses, but no one reported seeing or hearing anything.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Thursday afternoon about 1:17 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 700 block of Greenwood Street in reference to an unwanted person. Police were advised that the female complainant was not at home yet, but she was en route. Officers arrived and made contact with the female, who appeared to be visibly upset.

The female advised that she received a telephone call while she was at work in Alabama, indicating that her ex and the father of her child had been inside her home without her permission. She stated when she got home, she discovered some of his belongings were missing, along with her tablet computer and LG cell phone.

Officers asked the female how she knew he had been inside her home while she was gone.

The victim explained that she received a phone call from one of his relatives indicating he had contacted them with her stolen phone, which had been left on the nightstand near her bed.

There was no forced entry into her home, but stated she believes he may have stolen a key to her residence. She explained that at the beginning of the month, he went into her car, got the spare key out of the glove box, and left in her vehicle without her permission. The victim stated she was advised of the car’s location and went to pick it up, but she discovered that her house key was missing from the key ring.

The victim stated she and her former boyfriend had separated in November of last year and since then he has caused nothing but trouble. She stated that he repeatedly contacts her at work all day long and she believes he stole the cell phone to get rid of evidence of him harassing her.

Officers advised the victim on how to obtain a temporary protection order and this incident remains under investigation.

• Wednesday night about 7:39 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Piggly Wiggly on South Greenwood Street in reference to Shoplifting.

Police arrived and spoke to additional officers who had the suspect detained. Police were advised that the suspect, David Lee McGhee, was caught stuffing a tilapia fillet, valued at $4.67, and whole catfish, valued at $4.57, down the front of his pants.

After witnessing the theft, officers searched McGhee and recovered the item from his pants.

McGhee was later issued a Criminal Trespass Warning banning him from Piggly Wiggly at the store’s request.

McGhee, age 62, 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.

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

• Wednesday evening about 5:17 p.m., LaGrange Police conducted a traffic stop on a white Chevy pickup truck in the area of Hamilton Road near Fendig Street for a Seatbelt Violation.

According to police upon asking for her license, the driver, later identified as Carolyn Jenkins, was immediately very talkative and was “frantically” looking around the vehicle. She then stated that she needed to exit the vehicle and opened the door.

She had several items in her hands as she exited the vehicle multiple items fell out of her lap onto the ground. Jenkins then began emptying her pockets, and would occasionally look back at the driver’s seat like she was looking at something, and even shook her pants and shirt.

Police felt her behavior was odd for someone who was simply trying to locate their license, so officers just obtained her identification information for a license check.

Jenkins then stated to that she didn’t have anything to hide and didn’t have any drugs or anything, which immediately raised officer’s suspicions.

After claiming no drugs were in the vehicle without being prompted, officers asked for consent to search her vehicle, which she granted. During the search, officers located a clear plastic cigarette wrapper under the driver seat, which contained a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Upon confronting Jenkins with the marijuana, she admitted it was hers and stated that a friend had given it to her earlier because she was going through a rough time and they thought the marijuana would help.

While investigating this stop, officers began receiving priority emergency calls from 911, so LaGrange Police Department supervisors advised to cite and release Jenkins.

Jenkins, age 54, was issued a citation for Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce and released in lieu of posting bond.