Police & Sheriff’s Reports
• Monday afternoon about 4:44 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Dollar General on Commerce Avenue in reference to reports of Shoplifting.
Officers arrived and spoke to employees, who stated that an unknown female, later identified as Ashley Buchanan, had just stolen three boxes of press-on nails and fled in a vehicle.
The clerk stated Buchanan paid for a small tube of super glue, but did not pay for three packs of nails she had in her hands that she allegedly stuck into her bags prior to coming up to the register.
Employees stated the security alarm went off as Buchanan was exiting the store, so the cashier called her back, but she refused and took off running towards a vehicle. Another employee then attempted to talk to Buchanan, but she again refused to be searched and hurried into the vehicle with two other subjects and fled the scene.
Employees advised Buchanan was saying, “Let’s go. Take off.” as she was approaching the vehicle.
Witnesses provided police with a description and tag number for the fleeing vehicle, a silver Ford Escape, and a be-on-the-lookout warning was issued for the suspect.
Employees were later able to determine that three packs of press-on nails were missing from store inventory after Buchanan left the store. The press-on nails were valued at $5 per box, for a total alleged theft of $15.
Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies later located the silver Ford Focus and it followed to Mallory Drive, where they spoke with Buchanan and the other occupants.
Buchanan admitted that she had been at Dollar General, but claimed she did not take anything.
The other occupants both stated they did not know anything about Buchanan taking the nails. They stated they were waiting on Buchanan outside in the parking lot, when she told them “Let’s go. Take off” as she got into the vehicle.
The male occupant stated he saw three Dollar General employees walking towards them as they drove off, but did not think anything of it at the time.
Police reviewed the security video that showed Buchanan had three packs of press-on nails in her hand as she was walked around the store. On the video, Buchanan walked behind an aisle and the three packs of nails were no longer in her hand afterwards. She then paid for the glue and left the store, causing the alarm to go off.
Buchanan told authorities that she only picked up a tube of super glue and paid for it before she left. When asked her about the nails, she claimed she only had super glue, but when confronted with security video, Buchanan admitted she had the nails and put them back. Buchanan also couldn’t remember where she supposedly left the nails.
Buchanan also claimed that she didn’t see employees chasing after her when she left the store.
As a result, Buchanan, age 24, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500.
Buchanan was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.
• Tuesday night about 7:15 p.m., LaGrange Police responded North Greenwood Street in reference to an intoxicated and possibly suicidal subject. Police arrived and located the subject in a shed in the woods behind an abandoned warehouse.
The male subject was heavily intoxicated and ranting about wanting to hurt himself. Police say he was very upset and began beating his head and crying for help. The male also stated he had a box cutter knife, so officers decided to take him to the Emergency Room for his own safety.
While en route to the West Georgia Medical Center, the subject again became agitated and began banging his head against the cage inside the patrol vehicle.
The undisclosed subject was then turned over to medical staff for further evaluation.
• West Point Police responded to an incident of Theft by Taking which was reported on Avenue D.
• Clayton Boyd Roberts, of Lanett, AL, was arrested by West Point Police for Theft by Taking
• Stacy Lynn Robertson, of Valley, AL, was arrested by West Point Police for Forgery.
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.