Police Nab Electrician Shop Burglar

LaGrange Police have arrested a man on burglary charges after he was caught running from a local business he had allegedly just broken into.

Sunday night about 7:27 p.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department responded Sivell Electric on Oak Lane in reference to a Non-residential Burglary.

Police arrived and made contact with the business owner, who stated he witnessed the suspect running from the area shortly after he arrived.

Officers then immediately set up a perimeter around the area and located William Anderson Phillips inside the perimeter hiding from police.

Phillips was then detained and brought to the LaGrange Police Department. The victim was only able to partially identify the suspect, as he only saw him from behind as he was running away.

Back at the crime scene, police spoke to a female who stated she has known the owner of the business for some time and often comes to the property to feed stray cats that live around the business. The female stated that while she was doing so, she heard noises coming from inside, but she was aware that the business was closed.

The female advised police that she heard voices coming from the inside of the business, which sounded like two different voices, but she could not tell what they were saying.

Police checked the business and found the rear door had been pried open. Officers believe the door may have been forced open using a tire iron that was found stuck down into some mud near the door. The tire iron appeared to have been recently stuck into the ground.

Officers also located several rolls of copper wire just outside the business, which the owner confirmed had been moved from inside.

It appears as if the suspect had abandoned the wire and tire iron near the rear door after seeing the owner arrive at the business.

As a result of the investigation, Phillips was arrested and charged with the incident.

Phillips, age 37, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with Burglary and Possession of Burglary Tools During the Commission of a Crime.

Police have not publically identified any additional suspects who may have been involved in the Burglary and this incident remains under investigation.

If anyone has any further information about this incident, please contact the La-Grange Police Department at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000, or text an anonymous tip to 274637, keyword “LAGRANGE.” Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.lagrangega.org.

Information leading to the arrest of wanted suspects is often eligible for a cash reward.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer