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.

• Sunday evening about 6:09 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to Vitalis Auto on Whitesville Street in reference to a Non-residential Burglary.

Police met with the complainant, who stated that that sometime after 11:30 p.m. the previous night unknown person(s) entered his place of business through the rear door and stole several speakers and other miscellaneous items.

The owner stated that he uses the space for storage and only found out about the burglary because his landlord called him and told him that the back door to his shop appeared to have been kicked in. The items taken appear to be random.

The suspect(s) evidently came in through the rear door and left back through it because the front door remained secured. The inside of the shop seemed to be ransacked and there was evidence of damage to the rear door.

Missing from the location was a pair of Kenwood 15 inch subwoofers, valued at $450; miscellaneous jewelry, valued at $100; two Kenwood tweeters, valued at $85; some framed pictures, valued at $45; and some clothing, valued at $50; for a total theft of $730.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Saturday afternoon about 12:19 p.m., LaGrange Police were running a traffic safety checkpoint on Lukken Industrial Drive when officers made contact with a pickup truck driven by a male, later identified as Terry Harmon.

When officers asked Harmon for his driver’s license, he claimed he had forgotten it at home. Harmon then provided a false name and date of birth. Police then ran this information and determined he was unlicensed.

Officers then confronted Harmon with this information, but he insisted that he had a driver’s license. Police then pulled up a photo for the name he provided and the two were clearly two different people.

Police gave Harmon an opportunity to prove he was subject he claimed to be, but he was unable to recite the other subject’s social security number or even correctly spell the subject’s middle name.

Eventually, Harmon gave police his true identity and admitted he had given the fake name because his license was suspended.

Harmon was then confirmed to have a suspended license for Failure to Appear. Harmon was also determined to have two prior convictions for driving suspended.

As a result, Harmon, age 47, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Driving while License Suspended and Obstruction of Officers.

• Early Saturday morning about 7:15 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to Lindsey Street in reference to a disturbance.

Officers arrived and made contact with Travis McGruder, who was sitting outside on a porch, arguing with his family. Before police even spoke to McGruder, it became clear that he was highly intoxicated off of some unknown alcoholic beverage. While en route, police were told that there were eight people on scene and Mc-Gruder was concerned that the individuals were there to jump on him. But when officers arrived, there was no one standing outside other than neighbors watching the incident from their yards.

McGruder’s family advised that he often gets aggressive and uncontrollable when he is intoxicated.

Police note that they had no prior interactions with McGruder, so they could neither confirm nor deny this. While speaking his family about this, McGruder began yelling and cursing at everyone in the yard including his own aunt, mother, and grandmother.

Police repeatedly tried to get McGruder to remain calm and to stop yelling and cursing, because he was causing a disturbance in the residential neighborhood. Additional officers attempted to calm McGruder down once more, but they were able to do so. Police then asked him to go inside and lay down and he agreed.

Once off of the porch and away from the residence, police say that McGruder began yelling and cursing at a neighbor across the street and began making threats toward the resident saying that he was going to beat him. McGruder continued to refuse to calm down, so officers placed him under arrest for Disorderly Conduct. McGruder then stated he did not care because he was going to beat the case anyway.

As a result, McGruder, age 40, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Disorderly Conduct.

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

• Friday night about 10:52 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to Handley Street in reference to a disturbance.

Officers arrived and found numerous people outside in the area. Police then spoke with the resident, Veronica Gay, who advised officers that she had done nothing wrong and that her next door neighbors had been taunting her.

Police then walked back outside and spoke with the other subjects to get their side of the incident.

Officers were advised that the next door neighbor had called 911 on Gay because she had allegedly come to the her apartment door holding a knife, saying she had something for her. The complainant then called 911 and Gay threw the knife inside the apartment. Moments later, Gay then walked out of her apartment and across Handley Street, wearing only panties with a dress in hand until she got to the other side of the street, where she put the dress on and walked back to her apartment.

Evidence of this incident was recorded on a bystander’s cell phone, so police reviewed the video, which confirmed the witness’s statements.

The video showed Gay walking across the street wearing only panties with a dress in her hand and later putting the dress on. She then walked back to her apartment when the neighbors started making remarks to her about not wearing any clothing.

As a result, Gay, age 38, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Indecent Exposure.

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