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.
• Tuesday evening about 6:40 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Pizza Hut on Commerce Avenue in reference to reports of Financial Card Fraud.
Officers arrived and spoke to employees who stated that at about 5:43 p.m. they received an order that was placed online using a credit card that was declined and came back stolen.
The order was supposed to go to Thornton Street but the restaurant tried to call the phone number the customer and got no answer. The phone number provided went straight to voicemail. A note with the order also requested that the food be left on a swing set at the delivery address.
The restaurant provided police with the name and phone number for the order, but both are likely fraudulent.
The attempted order of a single large meat pizza and eight boneless wings was not delivered.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Friday morning about 5:31 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Money Back convenience store on Hamilton Road in reference to a stolen vehicle.
Officers arrived and spoke with the victim, who stated he woke up for work and noticed that his vehicle was missing from his driveway. He stated he lives on Whiting Street, so when he noticed the vehicle missing, he got his daughter to bring him to work, thinking the vehicle would be there and that someone was just playing a joke on him.
The complainant stated that once he arrived at work and noticed the vehicle was not there either, he knew that it was stolen.
The victim stated he left the keys in the ignition of the vehicle and the doors unlocked. He also insisted the vehicle was paid off and definitely not repossessed.
The stolen vehicle was described as a grey 1997 Buick Park Avenue, valued at about $1,000. The vehicle reportedly had black duct tape on the rear driver side window.
Police administrators recorded the vehicle as stolen and a be-on-the-lookout warning was issued for the stolen Buick.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Thursday afternoon about 4:21 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 100 block of South Page Street in reference to a domestic dispute.
Prior to their arrival, police were advised by the complainant that he no longer wanted Melissa Dalton at his residence.
Police arrived and made contact with Dalton, who stated that the complainant was drunk and that nothing had actually occurred. Dalton told police that they had only been arguing as they often do when he has been drinking.
The complainant was not on scene, so officers asked Dalton where he had gone and she stated he was at a friend’s house on South Page Street.
Police then relocated and made contact with the complainant and interviewed him about the incident.
According to the complainant, Dalton started drinking and began confronting him about messing around with another woman. She then grabbed him around his neck with both arms, but he was able to get her to let him go. Stated he then took a three Tylenol pills and laid down to take a nap.
The complainant stated he later woke up and Dalton continued yelling at him being with another woman. He stated that while cursing and screaming at him, Dalton grabbed him by the back of his left arm and scratched him leaving a wound which was still bleeding.
The complainant insisted Dalton is always doing things like this to him, and it usually involves alcohol or her accusing him of being with another woman.
During the investigation, police found six prior domestic incidents where Dalton was determined to be the primary aggressor for Battery.
After speaking to the complainant, police interviewed Dalton and asked her to explain into detail what happened that made the complainant call police.
Dalton again stated that he had only been drinking and that when he drinks he calls the police. Dalton insisted that she did not touch him today and did not wish for either of them to get into trouble.
Police then asked Dalton how the victim got the mark on the back of his arm and she claimed that he was attempting to walk to the bathroom and tripped over a raised portion of the floor. She stated that when Turner tripped, he fell into the bed frame and that must be how he got the marks.
Police note that the injury to the back of the victim’s arm is not consistent with a fall injury.
As a result of the investigation, Dalton, age 43, was arrested and transported to Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Battery – Family Violence Act.
Police note that at the time of the incident, Dalton was currently out on bond for a Battery incident where the same male complainant was reportedly the victim.
• Wednesday evening about 5:55 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to Shoplifting.
Police arrived and met with the store’s Loss Prevention officer, who stated she began watching two females who were acting suspicious. The LP officer explained that after she began watching them, they selected numerous clothing items and concealed the items in their purses. Two then continued to shop for other merchandise, some of which they placed in their shopping cart. Loss Prevention then followed the two where they purchased a few items at self-checkout, but did not pay for the concealed items. The two then attempted to walkout with the unpurchased items and were confronted by store employees.
The suspects, Kayla Freeman and Tierra Reed, both later admitted to concealing the merchandise, valued at $134. As s result, Freeman, age 22, and Reed, age 22, were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500.