Entering Auto Theft Arrest and a Holiday Reminder

LaGrange Police have arrested a local man for entering auto. The stolen property was quickly recovered, but it offered an important reminder for the holiday season.

Wednesday evening about 6 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to reports of an entering automobile at the PCA Food Store on Hogansville Road.

Officers arrived and learned from the victim that a Samsung tablet computer had been stolen from a black Nissan Altima.

Using GPS tracking on the tablet, police were able to track the device to North Cary Street where officers located the computer and made contact with a suspect.

The suspect, Levaro Tiller, admitted to taking the tablet from the vehicle, and the tablet was subsequently recovered by police.

As a result, Tiller, age 34, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office to be booked into the jail for entering auto theft.

As of press time, Tiller is currently being held at the Troup County Jail, waiting to be booked into the jail on warrants from the incident.

If anyone has any further information on this incident, please contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603. Anonymous tips can be provided to the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000. Tips may also be submitted to the LaGrange Police Department via Facebook.

This incident offers a timely reminder to citizens that police and sheriff’s deputies are asking everyone to secure your cars and trucks this holiday season, especially when leaving valuables in your vehicle. When possible, secure valuables —or Christmas presents— in a locked trunk or glove compartment. At a minimum, keep valuable items out of clear view as you are doing your holiday shopping.

While you are inside shops browsing for gifts for your loved ones, criminals are often in the parking lots browsing through car windows for items to steal. Don’t make it easy on them by leaving your vehicle unlocked.

Authorities note that in the majority of their Entering Auto Theft cases, the victim simply didn’t lock their car door.

So remember this holiday season, if you don’t want to be “grinched,” lock up your cars and trucks.

The author of this article can be reached via email at info@troupcountynews.net.