Wednesday, March 22nd

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.

• West Point Police responded to an incident of Theft by Taking which was reported on East 13th Street.

• West Point Police responded to an incident of Criminal Trespass which was reported on at the Welcome Center on Interstate 85.

• Tekeyla Mashay Henry, age 23, of Lanett, AL, was arrested by West Point Police for Third Degree Forgery.

• Friday morning about 11:45 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Publix supermarket on Commerce Avenue in reference to a theft.

• Officers arrived and met with a store manager, who stated his jacket was stolen out of the break room by a customer. The manager then allowed police to review security video that showed the alleged incident.

The video showed an unidentified male enter the store wearing a grey in color North Face jacket with blue jeans and a black ball cap with a military logo. The subject then proceeded to the customer service desk where he asked for an employment application and the clerk sent him to complete an online application on a kiosk.

The subject then proceeded inside the employee training/break room and exited shortly afterwards wearing a green CHAPS jacket over his grey jacket. The male then proceeded back to the customer service desk, where he stood by with another male who was conducting a money wire transfer transaction. The two then left the store together.

Using information from the money transfer paperwork, police called the other subject back to the store in an attempt to possibly identify his associate.

When he arrived back at the supermarket, police asked him about the incident and he advised that he was aware of the theft that his passenger, Richard Miles, had committed. He claimed Miles had planned on returning the jacket.

Police then proceeded out to the parking lot where they found Miles sitting in the other male’s vehicle. When officers made contact with Miles, he immediately began stating that he was going to return the jacket. Miles later claimed that he thought someone had lost the jacket and had planned on returning it.

Miles tried to defend his actions by saying he did not know that the coat belonged to a member of management before officers reminded him that he had no right to be in the employee break room in the first place.

Miles, age 57, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Misdemeanor Theft by Taking.

Miles was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.

• Friday afternoon about 2 p.m., officers took a walk-in report at the LaGrange Police Department in reference to check fraud.

Police spoke with the female victim, who stated she banks at Commercial Bank and Trust in LaGrange, but lives in Roanoke, Alabama. She advised that she discovered that an unknown suspect had used her checking account routing and account number to produce forged checks under another name and bank account.

The checks were forged to be from a non-existent account at SunTrust Bank under the name Patricia Evans / Evans Hair Salon in Cummings, GA. Using her information, the subject was able to make at least known transactions.

An electronic funds transfer payment was made to Comcast in the amount of $450.70, and a forged check was used at Publix for $267.72 and another for $193.13 at Kroger.

The victim advised she isn’t aware of any missing checks through the mail. She noted that the suspect(s) may have gotten her information from a check written to a hospital in Atlanta.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Friday afternoon about 4:48 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to Shoplifting.

While en route, police were advised that the suspect had left the area in a black Nissan Sentra driven by a female.

Using the tag number on the vehicle, police were able to determine it was registered to a female on Greenville Street and responded to the residence and found the Nissan parked in the back yard.

Police say that as soon as they arrived, someone immediately slammed the back door as they walked toward the house. Officers then knocked on the door and announced their presence, but the occupants inside only initially looked at them through the window blinds.

Officers then remained at the residence and began the process to get a search warrant into the location. Eventually, police made contact with the occupants within the residence and quickly observed a male matching the suspect seen on Walmart security video.

The suspect, Marcus Andre Johnson, was then placed under arrest for shoplifting. Police say that they attempted to read him his Miranda warning, but he was highly intoxicated and spitting at officers.

Police then spoke to the female and advised that her vehicle left Walmart with Johnson as a passenger, so they needed to search for the stolen items. She then gave consent to search the residence and stated that Johnson does not live at the home. Police noted that she agreed to this all while Johnson was screaming her to not allow officers into her house.

During a search of the residence, police located a trio of speakers still in the box that were allegedly taken from Walmart. The speakers, valued at $279.56, were found near the back door that was slammed as soon as police arrived.

The speakers were later returned to Walmart and Loss Prevention employees advised that there was an additional $128.04 worth of merchandise was stolen.

During the investigation, police also found clothing that Johnson had been wearing on the security video at Walmart. He had apparently changed clothes while police were waiting outside the residence.

Police say that after they exited the house with the stolen merchandise, Johnson became even more irate and kicked out the rear window of a patrol vehicle where he was being held.

Johnson was later transported to the Troup County Jail, but was refused due to his highly intoxicated state. Johnson was then transported to the West Georgia Medical Center for medical clearance.

Police initially remained at the hospital to wait until he could be discharged, but doctors decided to admit him for other health issues unrelated to this incident.

Johnson, age 41, was cited with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500, Obstruction of Officers, and Felony Interference with Government Property.

Officers were unable to locate the addition $128.04 worth of stolen merchandise.

• Jerolyn Johnson, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police for Probation Violation.

• Lakeisha Grandstaff, of LaGrange, was arrested by West Point Police for Driving with a Suspended License.

• Joanna Nicole Sturkie, of Lanett, AL, was arrested by West Point Police for Driving with a Suspended License.

• Kardarius Marquez Todd, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police for Probation Violation.