Police &Sheriff’s Reports

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.

• Thursday afternoon about 1:21 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 1400 block of Lafayette Parkway in reference to fraud.

Officers arrived and spoke to the complainant, who stated he was contacted to do some work at an apartment through a phone app called Thumb Tack.

The complainant stated the subject stated they lived locally and wanted some work done to their residence. The subject then sent him a check for $3,850 and asked him to withdraw $3,100 of it and deposit it into a Wells Fargo account.

The complainant told police that he deposited the check in his PNC account and also withdrew the $3,100 as requested. He stated he was later notified by PNC Troup County 4-H had a great weekend competing in the state-wide 4-H Food Challenge. The 4-H Food Challenge is a “highly charged” foods experience. This contest, modeled after such competitions as the Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” challenges teams of 4-H members to create a dish using only a pre-determined number of ingredients. From these ingredients, that the check was a fraudulent.

The victim stated he kept the envelope the check was sent to him in, which had a return address for BAA/RR Donelly in Thurmont, MD. A web search for the address showed it went to RR Donelly Printing Company, but no one answered the phone number listed.

The victim stated he is only out $3,100 at this time.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Early Thursday morning about 2:58 a.m., La-Grange Police responded to the Pure Food Mart on Hamilton Road in reference to a business alarm.

Officers arrived and observed that the front door had been pried open and the alarm was activated. team members must identify and prepare the dish, then make a presentation about it to the judges. The presentation includes information about the serving size, nutritional value, and cost of the dish. The 4H Food Challenge allows 4H members to demonstrate their culinary and food safety skills to judges and observers. The first place winner in the Senior Division Police then entered and cleared the building with the assistance of sheriff’s deputies, but no one was found inside the store.

Officers observed several tool marks on the door near the lock, but no fingerprints were found. Police documented damage to the door frame.

A key holder later arrived for the business and stated the only thing he knew that was missing was $20 in small bills from a cardboard box near the cash register.

Security video was then reviewed and it showed an unknown vehicle pulling up to the west side of the building around 2:48 a.m. A suspect was then seen walking to the front door and prying the door open with a crowbar type tool.

will have the opportunity to compete in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off: 4-H Edition in New Orleans in August, 2018. This year’s contest was held Saturday October 28th 2017 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and there were 16 teams competing. The Senior team from Cobb County came in first place, earned 4-H master status and will compete in New Orleans. The suspect was described as a black male, standing 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 165 to 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing black shorts, a black hooded sweatshirt, black and white sneakers, and a ski mask.

The suspect went directly to the cash register and grabbed the loose cash from beneath the cash register. He then went into a back room and returned with several packs of cigars in his hand, valued at $20.

The suspect ran out of the front door and got into a waiting vehicle with a second suspect. The vehicle then left in an unknown direction.

This incident is still under investigation.

Two teams, one from the Junior division and one from the Senior division represented Troup County at the event and both teams did very well.

Pictured above: Troup County 4-H Junior and Senior Food Challenge teams showing off their creations.

For further information please call Melanie Dabb 4H Extension Agent, (706)883-1675.

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