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.
• Saturday night about 7:43 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to shoplifting in progress.
While en route, officers were informed that the suspects were fleeing the scene in a red Toyota Camry. Police then spotted a vehicle matching that description leaving the Walmart parking lot and performed a traffic stop the vehicle.
Additional officers then continued on to Walmart, where loss prevention employees showed police security video of the incident.
A photo of the suspect was then sent out and officers confirmed he was the suspect they had detained. The suspect, Marquavious Minter, also admitted to stealing the merchandise.
The video reportedly showed a female with Minter, who was aiding him by picking out the items and placing them in his cart. The female, Larhonda Carter, later admitted she knew that Minter was stealing the merchandise and still chose to drive him away from the scene anyway.
Police say the video showed Minter and Carter arriving at the Walmart together and entering the store together. They both selected separate shopping carts to use, but only put merchandise in the cart Minter was pushing. Minter and Carter then separated before leaving the store.
Minter then attempted to leave before Carter and was intercepted by store employees. Minter then abandoned the cart and continued to walk away toward the Camry. Carter then left right after employees confronted Minter.
Police say Carter then appeared to be panicking and was seen frantically looking around and was walking with a rapid pace towards her vehicle. A loss prevention officer then identified herself to Carter and stated she needed to speak with them about the merchandise, but the two continued to ignore her and drove away.
The items taken include various adult and child’s clothing valued at a total of $300.23. All the stolen items were later recovered.
Later while speaking to police, Carter claimed to she was unaware that Minter was going to steal the clothing while they were in the store. She stated Minter told her he was going to steal them right before he exited the store and went on to do so in front of her.
Police asked Carter why she still chose to drive away, even though she knew he had committed a crime, but she was unable to give a reason for doing so.
Officers note that Minter stated he told Carter that he was going to shoplift from Walmart before they even entered the store and Carter was aware of this the whole time.
As a result, Minter, age 24, and Carter, age 25, were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they was booked into the jail charged with Theft by Shoplifting.
• Saturday morning about 7:18 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to East Crovat Street in reference to an auto collision that occurred in the county.
Police were advised by Sheriff’s Deputies that there was a motor vehicle collision and the owner of the vehicle had been tracked to this location.
Officers then made contact with the vehicle owner, who advised that he had been staying at his cousin’s residence. He stated they were there drinking with two unidentified females, but at some point had fallen asleep.
The vehicle owner stated he received a phone call around 6 a.m. from one of the females, later identified as Shantris Strozier, who advised him that they had a wreck and that she had been driving his car.
Strozier told him at the time that she would have the vehicle fixed for him.
The vehicle owner told police that he never gave her permission to take the vehicle. He stated the keys were inside the house and she must have taken them while he was asleep.
The stolen vehicle was described as a green 2003 Toyota Camry, valued at $2,000.
Police then made contact with Strozier and another subject on Wright Street near Whitesville Road.
The second subject stated Strozier had been driving the vehicle, and further stated that he never heard or saw her get permission to take the vehicle. He stated they went to West Point and then ran out of gas near Alabama line. He stated they were involved in an accident and were given a ride back to East Crovat Street.
Strozier claimed the other subject was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident and stated he must have gotten the keys from inside the house.
State Troopers were also on scene and began questioning her about the accident. Police say her story was very inconsistent and kept changing. She was also determined to be under the influence and was taken into custody for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and numerous traffic violations.
Police say that Strozier that at one point stated she told the vehicle owner that she would have somebody fix his car that he didn’t have to get her locked up.
As a result, Strozier, age 34, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Auto Theft, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving while License Suspended, Fail to Maintain Insurance, Driving Too Fast for Conditions, Duty to Report Accident, and Failure to Maintain Lane.
Strozier is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where she was denied bond.
• William Joseph Atkins, of West Point, arrested by West Point Police for Driving while License Suspended.
• Vandall Ross, of Lanett, AL, was arrested for by West Point Police for Obstruction of Officers, Possession of a Drug Related Object, and Public Drunkenness.