Police have arrested a man for theft after he allegedly sold a woman’s stolen pit-bull dog.
Monday morning about 10:51 a.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the Family Dollar on South Greenwood Street in reference to a dispute.
Officers arrived and spoke to the female complainant, who stated her pit-bull dog was stolen. The female stated the dog was stolen by Kenneth Stevens, who she pointed out as being present on scene. The complainant explained that she was visiting her grandfather on Park Avenue, and had been staying at the location, which also serves as a homeless shelter.
Stevens had been was a resident at the shelter, but had moved out Friday and the dog reportedly went missing sometime Friday night.
The complainant stated she initially thought the dog had just gotten out of the yard and did not know it was stolen. She later posted about the missing dog on Facebook and was contacted by another female who advised she had the dog. The Facebook female advised the complainant that she had bought the dog from a male similar to Stevens’ description for $20.
Then before the victim could meet with the Facebook subject to get the dog back, she was advised that someone had again taken the dog.
Police then interviewed Stevens, who stated he was familiar with the dog and was only walking it around in front of the Hot Spot convenience store on South Greenwood Street. He claimed he got the dog from another subject named Luke, but stated that he never tried to sell the dog.
Officers then reviewed security video from the Hot Spot and observed walking the pit-bull in front of the store.
Multiple witnesses at the Hot Spot advised they overheard Stevens attempting to sell the dog. One witness advised he heard Stevens saying he hated to sell the dog, but he had to pay his rent.
Police then confronted Stevens with this information and he admitted he sold the dog for $40, but insisted he had gotten the dog from a subject named Luke.
Stevens then agreed to show police were the dog was in return for charges not being pressed. Police then went with Stevens to Harwell Avenue, but he was unable to point out the exact house and police were unable to locate the dog.
As a result, Stevens, age 49, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Theft by Receiving.
As of last report, the dog has not yet been located and this incident remains under investigation.
If anyone has any further information about this incident or the whereabouts of the pit-bull dog, please contact the LaGrange 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 onlineatwww.lagrangega.org.