Wednesday, April 26th

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 3 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Home Depot on LaFayette Parkway in reference to Shoplifting.

Police arrived and spoke to the store’s Loss Prevention Officer, who advised that a male, later identified as Joseph McKay, entered the store and took several items without paying for them.

Officers were able to locate McKay as he was attempting to leave the area and initiated a traffic stop on his vehicle in the parking lot. He was then detained pending the shoplifting investigation.

Store security video showed that McKay entered the store with a shopping cart which contained two empty boxes for Dewalt impact driver drills. McKay then went to a cashier and had stickers placed on the boxes claiming that he was going to exchange the items. McKay then relocated to the power tool section, where he selected two identical two tool sets exactly like the boxes that he had just brought in.

Police say that McKay then went to the sink and cabinet isle and removed the security devices from the merchandise, took the stickers off of the empty boxes, placed them on the merchandise, and hid the empty boxes on the isle between some sinks.

There was no video on the sink isle, but the Loss Prevention Officer had begun watching McKay by this point and witnessed him removing the security devices.

McKay then went back to the power tool section and selected some Milwaukee tools sets and placed them in the shopping cart. McKay then went to a register, purchased a candy bar, and told the cashier that he had exchanged the items and paid at another location. McKay then exited the store without paying for this merchandise.

The first Dewalt combo drill was valued at $179 and the other was valued at $299. The Milwaukee tool sets were valued at $249 and $449 each, making the total theft $1176.

All merchandise was later found in McKay’s vehicle and returned to the store.

As a result, McKay, age 51, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Felony Theft by Shoplifting – More than $500.

• Late Friday night about 11:24 p.m., LaGrange Police conducted a traffic stop on Baugh Street near Gardner Street on a gold Ford Taurus after a random tag check revealed the vehicle had no valid insurance.

Officers made contact with the driver, who was not the owner of the vehicle and he provided police with an expired insurance card. Officers later confirmed from the state that the insurance on the vehicle had been terminated.

Police also determined that the owner of the vehicle was the mother of the front seat passenger, Crystal Spearman.

While investigating the incident, officers observed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, so Spearman and the driver were removed so a search could be conducted.

During the search, officers located two clear plastic bags containing small amounts of suspected marijuana in the glove compartment, along with a .38 caliber handgun.

Spearman later claimed possession of both the firearm and the suspected marijuana, so she was placed under arrest. Spearman advised police that she got the firearm from her grandmother when she passed away and recently bought the marijuana while on vacation in Florida.

The driver advised he was unaware that either was in the vehicle.

As a result, Spearman, age 20, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.

• Sunday evening about 6:28 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 100 block of Burr Street in reference to an unwanted subject.

Officers arrived and made contact with the complainant, who stated that the father of her children, Demarcus Barsh, was inside the location and would not leave. She stated he does not live at the residence but has stayed at the location occasionally.

The complainant advised she needed to go to work and she wanted him gone before she left. The resident gave permission for police to enter, advising that Barsh was inside and that the door was unlocked.

Police then tried to open the front door, but discovered it was locked. Officers then knocked several times and got no answer, so the complainant unlocked the door. Police made contact with Barsh at the door and he began cursing and attempted to shut the door on officers.

Police then forced the door open and told Barsh he had to leave because the legal resident had requested that he do so. Barsh continued to argue, saying that he had done nothing wrong and he was not leaving.

Additional officers then arrived on scene and police eventually got Barsh to come out of the residence.

Police say that while outside, Barsh continued to yell and curse, to the point that a large number of bystanders had come out of their residences to see what was going on.

He was then taken into custody, but was later he was cited and released after he calmed down and agreed to leave.

Barsh, age 36, was charged with Criminal Trespass and Disorderly Conduct. He was also issued a Criminal Trespass warning banning him from the residence.

• Christopher Williams was arrested by West Point Police for Driving Unlicensed and Obstruction/Hindering Law Enforcement.

• Ismal Lozano Lopez was arrested by West Point Police for Driving Unlicensed.

• Nicholas Dakota Holland was arrested by West Point Police for Disorderly Conduct.

• West Point Police responded to an incident of Damaged Property was reported on Frank Hall Jr. Street.

• Nekos Davis, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police for Driving with a Suspended License.

• Ryan Anton Avery, of Lanett, AL, was arrested by West Point Police for Driving with a Suspended License.

• Sue Evans, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police for Driving with a Suspended License.