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Entering Auto Leads To Several Charges

LaGrange Police have arrested a local man on various different charges all stemming from a single Entering Auto investigation.

Friday night about 11:22 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Hot-Spot convenience store on South Greenwood Street in reference to reports of an Entering Auto.

Officers arrived and made contact with the female victim, who explained she went in the store to purchase items and when she returned she found an unknown black male exiting her Lincoln Town Car.

Assuming that the male entered her vehicle to steal, the victim advised the suspect to just give her back the items and everything would be fine, but he continued to walk off. The male then continued on toward Family Dollar and was later seen near the S Curve on South Greenwood Street.

The victim advised police that a silver ring and necklace, valued at $150, were stolen from her vehicle. Also taken were a flowered pattern wallet and a brown leather wallet, which contained her driver’s license, debit card, and a Walmart card.

Police later walked the path taken by the suspect with the victim and found the flowered wallet, along with the necklace and ring lying in the parking lot next to Family Dollar.

While investigating the incident, police spoke with the Hot-Spot store clerk, who stated the same suspect who broke into the car, also tried to shoplift an MD 20/20 alcohol beverage, valued at $3.59. The clerk stated she saw the suspect with the alcohol in his pocket and he tried to exit the store without paying, but she confronted him and he returned the item.

Police were able to obtain security footage from the business that showed the whole incident take place.

A few hours later, officers made contact with a male matching the entering auto suspect on Mulberry Street near Whitesville Street. The suspect was later identified as Ricky Wells and was found to be in possession of the victim’s driver’s license and the brown leather wallet.

During the search, Wells was also found to be in possession of a suspected crack pipe containing suspected cocaine residue.

Wells refused to explain what he did with the victim’s debit card and Walmart card.

As a result, Wells, age 53, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of Cocaine, EnteringAuto Theft, and Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500.

Wells is currently being held at the Troup County Jail on $4,000 bond.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer