Tommy Murphy Staff Writer LaGrange Police have arrested a young female on a felony charge after she allegedly, and quite literally, stole candy from a child.
The alleged incident occurred Wednesday evening, shortly after 6:30 p.m., when officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to Habersham Drive in reference to a theft.
Officers arrived and met with the complainant, the mother of the victim, who advised her young children were selling candy in the Benjamin Harvey Hill Homes when some older subjects forcibly took some of the candy from them.
The mother told police that an older female, later confirmed to be Jakira Shae Hobbs, walked up behind her daughter and reached into the box of candy that the child was holding, took the candy out, and ran away.
Hobbs then reportedly returned, demanding that the child give her more candy, a Kit Kat candy bar, but saying she did not have enough money to pay for it. The child then confronted her about the other candy she had just taken. Hobbs then offered to give the child 50 cents for it then and said she would give her a dollar for it later.
The child then refused the offer and told Hobbs that she needed to fully pay for the items. According to the child, Hobbs then told her that she would just take it and would not give her anything for it.
The children then went back home and told their mother, who sent a couple of older juveniles back with the children in an attempt to get the money for the items, but Hobbs reportedly told them she did not care if police were called. The older juveniles then came back and told the mother what occurred, so she contacted police.
Police later located and identified Hobbs, who admitted to taking the candy. She stated she was going to give the child a quarter for the candy, but the child told her no. Hobbs stated that this made her angry, so she took the candy anyway. Hobbs insisted she told the child she was going to pay her back for the candy.
LaGrange Police Detectives were then contacted and advised of the incident. As a result of their investigation, Hobbs was arrested for robbery.
Hobbs, age 17, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Robbery by Snatch (Felony).
As of press time, Hobbs is being held at the Troup County Jail where she was denied bond.