Teen Upset He Was Arrested for Theft Even Though He Gave Money Back

LaGrange Police have arrested a young man on a misdemeanor theft charge after he allegedly stole more than a thousand dollars while working a cash register at a local store. The teen reportedly became upset and resist officers because he thought he shouldn’t be arrested since he gave the money back when caught red handed.

Wednesday 9:35 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the Belk department store on LaFayette Parkway in reference to theft.

Police arrived and met with the store’s loss prevention officer, who stated that they discovered an employee who was hired in early December had been stealing from the cash register.

The loss prevention officer advised that Damos Jackson was assigned to various cash registers in the store after completing his training.

According to the complainant, just prior to closing on December 27, Jackson was caught on camera taking $1,000 cash from the register and concealing the cash inside his shoe. This was spotted on camera and when Jackson was confronted, the funds were returned.

While reviewing earlier security footage, Jackson was seen taking $400 in cash from a cash drawer during his shift. Jackson reportedly took the cash during multiple various transactions and concealed the money in his pocket.

After being confronted, Jackson willingly admitted to taking the $1,000 and concealing it inside of his shoe. Jackson returned the cash to the store, but denied having taken the previous $400, in spite of him being seen on camera taking the money.

When police spoke to Jackson, he admitted to the theft and reported that he gave back the money, so he did not feel he should be charged for the incident. Police then informed Jackson that he was under arrest for theft, because he still took the money, regardless of him giving it back.

Police say Jackson then refused to cooperate and resisted while officers attempted to take him into custody. He reportedly tried to pull away several times while being walked from the store and refused to spread his feet for a search to arrest, remaining purposefully defiant. Jackson even refused to give police his own name.

Eventually, officer were able to get Jackson secured and he was searched for the arrest.

As a result, Jackson, age 18, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Theft and Obstruction of Officers.

Jackson was later released from the Troup County Jail on $3,800 bond.