Sunday night about 8:25 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to Wal-Mart on New Franklin Road in reference to Shoplifting.
Police arrived and met with Loss Prevention, who pointed out a male, later identified as Jason Pannell.
Officers made contact with Pannell and observed him quickly putting merchandise into the back of his car. When Pannell saw officers he immediately said, “I didn’t steal anything.” without any prompting. Pannell was then detained pending further investigation.
Police then spoke with Loss Prevention, who stated Pannell had been in the store for several hours walking back in forth in the garden section with the shopping cart full of merchandise. Employees stated that at one point Pannell left the cart in the store and moved his vehicle from the parking lot in front of the garden entrance to the parking lot near the Tire and Lube Center.
He then went back into the store and again started walking around with the cart full of merchandise and finally exited out of the garden entrance with the cart without paying for the items inside, so employees contacted police.
Pannell was then advised that he was under arrest and was searched to arrest.
Pannell was later determined to have taken 33 items, valued at a total $1,338.45, making this incident a felony.
As a result, Pannell, age 41, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Felony Theft by Shoplifting.
Pannell was also issued a Criminal Trespass Warning banning him from Walmart at the store’s request.
Friday evening about 5:11 p.m., officers took a walk in report at the LaGrange Police Department in reference to check fraud.
Police spoke to the female complainant, who stated she was supposed to have received a check for $100 through the mail from Kia of LaGrange for referring someone to make a purchase from their company. The complainant stated she never received the check, so she called Kia and they informed her that the check had been sent out and had already been cashed.
The victim stated she was told that the check had been cashed at BB&T, so she went to the local branch and spoke with an employee about the check. The victim was then provided a copy of the check, which was issued on June 6th and posted to the bank on June 19th.
The bank said that the check was not cashed and must have been deposited via an ATM.
The signature on the back of the check had a unique name, so officers looked the name up in police records and located an individual by that name, who was known to recently live in Hogansville.
This incident is still under investigation.
- West Point Police responded to an incident of Theft by Taking which was reported on East Sixth Street.
- West Point Police took a report for Simple Assault which was reported on East 12th Street.
- Barbara Ann McGhee, of Greenville, GA, was arrested by West Point Police for Felony Theft by Taking.