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Wednesday September 28th

Police & Sheriff’s Reports

• Thursday morning about 11 a.m. officers took a walk-in report at the LaGrange Police Department in reference to an Auto Theft.

Police spoke to the complainant who stated her locked 2000 Ford Taurus had been stolen. She stated the vehicle had been parked at her boyfriend’s apartment at the Tall Pines Apartments on Turner Street, when she noticed it missing earlier in the morning around 4 a.m.

She stated the vehicle was stolen sometime between September 14 and the day she filed the report.

Police asked why there was a week long delay in reporting the vehicle stolen and she explained she has two vehicles and her boyfriend had been staying at her house on Glen Robertson Street helping her while she is pregnant. She stated earlier this morning, he went back to his residence and noticed the vehicle missing.

According to the victim, the vehicle did not have a lien and was completely paid off. Troup 911 also verified the vehicle had not been towed.

The victim described the vehicle as a burgundy 2000 Ford Taurus, valued at about $2,000.

A Be On the Look Out warning was issued for the vehicle which was recorded as stolen through the Georgia Criminal Information Center database.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Friday evening about 5:19 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Piggly Wiggly on Roanoke Road in reference to check Forgery.

Officers arrived and spoke to the store manager who advised a male entered the store and attempted to cash a pay check in the amount of $296.47. The check was made out to Burger King on New Franklin Road, which employees saw as suspicious because it came from a store and not the corporate office.

The manager then began to contact the Burger King on New Franklin Road to confirm the check, at which point the male ran out of the store towards a vehicle and left the area.

Police later contacted the Burger King on New Franklin Road and were advised that they have no employee by the name of the suspect had provided. Officers also reviewed security video of the incident, which confirmed the manager’s statements.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Friday evening about 5 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 100 block of Sarah Lane in reference to financial card fraud.

Police arrived and spoke to the complainant, who reported two unauthorized charges were posted to her Wells Fargo bank accounts in the amounts of $346 and $340.

The victim stated she was informed through customer service that someone apparently used Paypal and Google wallet to make the unauthorized purchase. The victim advised the accounts have since been closed and the stolen funds were reimbursed.

These incidents are still under investigation.

• Friday night about 8:20 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Family Dollar on Hogansville Road in reference to counterfeit bills.

Police arrived and spoke to the complainant, who stated he attempted to purchase some items and was informed by the store employee his $20 bill was counterfeit. He then purchased his items with some other cash, but later realized that he had a second counterfeit $20 bill.

The male stated a coworker gave him some of the cash when they split the cash for a job they had recently completed. He stated he was unsure if he had the counterfeit bills before receiving the cash from the coworker or if they were from his recent pay.

Police later made contact with said coworker, who responded to the Family Dollar and advised he did not have any counterfeit bills in the pay he received.

Both males work for a home business, ‘Windows, Doors, and More.’

Police noted each of the counterfeit bills had red writing on them in a foreign language and they both had the same serial number.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Friday night about 10:14 p.m., LaGrange Police were in the area of Park Avenue near and Fourth Avenue in reference to a call for service when officers observed a vehicle chasing a young male.

Police first saw the male walking west on Fourth Avenue when a tan Toyota Camry sped up and attempted to stop in front of him. The male then began running north on Park Avenue and the Toyota pursued, stopping in front of him again. The young male then ran toward police where they stopped him and made contact with the vehicle.

Officers spoke with the driver, who stated juvenile had just shoplifted in the AAA Food-Mart on Fourth Avenue, which was captured on video.

The juvenile was then detained and transported back to the AAA Food-Mart where he admitted to stealing some candy. Police then reviewed security video from the store, which clearly depicted the 16-year-old juvenile taking two bags of Welch’s fruit snacks and placing them in his pocket and leaving the store without paying.

Police searched the young male, but the candy was never recovered.

The juvenile was later issued a citation for Theft by Shoplifting and released to his grandmother.

• Friday night about 11:25 p.m., LaGrange Police were called to Cotton Drive in reference to a female who fled from other officers at the Super 8 motel in a white Chrysler Town and Country.

Police were able to catch the vehicle and took the female, Danielle Townsend, into custody.

Officers say Townsend left her two children, ages two and four, unattended in her vehicle for approximately 45 minutes. She then allegedly fled from officers with both children unrestrained in the rear of the vehicle while driving in a reckless manner with no headlights on.

The tag on the vehicle was also expired and the vehicle was also determined to have no valid insurance. When police stopped Townsend, both children observed asleep in the backseat of the vehicle with no safety restraints.

The children’s grandparents responded to the scene to retrieve both juvenile’s.

Townsend, age 28, was then arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was charged with two counts of Violation of Parental Responsibility, Reckless Driving, No Headlights, No Insurance, Expired Tag, and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police.

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

• West Point Police responded to an incident of Entering Auto was reported in the area of Avenue G.

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.