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.
• Wednesday morning about 6:42 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to Golden Beauty Supply on Commerce Avenue in reference to a Burglary.
Officers arrived and spoke with the complainant, who stated that he was cleaning the parking lot when he noticed that the front door was busted out and that there was hair extensions laying on the ground. The male stated that he arrived about 6:30 a.m., but didn’t immediately discover the break-in.
Police observed the left front door was busted out and there were numerous hair extensions leading from the inside of the business into the parking lot. The cash register was also open and there were only coins left inside the register.
When officers entered the business the alarms went off, but Troup 911 never received a call from the alarm company. The keypad for the alarm was also found open on the wall. Police later asked the owner about the alarm and he stated that he thought someone might have his alarm code.
Security video showed the door being busted out and three males entering the store around 3:24 a.m.
One male was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, with a dark jacket and pants. The second suspect was wearing Timberland boots and dark clothing. The third suspect was wearing Adidas pants and grey and blue shoes.
The three males grabbed arm loads of hair extensions and exited the store, but come back for three more arm loads of merchandise. The hair extensions were valued at more than $2,000.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Wednesday morning, LaGrange Police responded to the area of Degroat Street in reference to a loose dog call.
While investigating the call, officers observed a dog tethered a porch without shelter in the freezing cold weather. Police also observed an unregistered pit-bull dog in the backyard that was tethered with a logging chain.
Police attempted to speak with the home owner, but initially had negative contact. While taking pictures of the animals, the homeowner, Miesha Boykin, arrived on scene and she advised the dogs belonged to her.
Boykin was then issued Boykin citations for Animal Cruelty and Tethering a Dog.
Boykin informed officers that she would keep the dogs inside the house and would register the pitbull.
• Thursday morning about 11:43 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to area of Broad Street near North Greenwood Street in reference to a hit and run.
While en-route, officers were informed that a city employee had followed the suspect vehicle to the 700 block of Mona Lane. Officers then relocated to Mona Lane and made contact with the suspect, Gilberto Bartolon, who matched the description given by the witnesses on scene.
Bartolon said initially claimed that the driver of the vehicle had run away and that it was not him, but he later admitted he was driving at the time of the accident.
As a result, Bartolon, age 33, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with Driving while Unlicensed, Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.