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Friday, April 28th

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.

• Saturday morning about 10:38 a.m., LaGrange Police were patrolling the area of Robertson Street, when officers initiated a verbal encounter with a female walking up the roadway.

Officers asked the female some basic questions and if she had any identification. The female then stated she didn’t have an ID. Officers advised the female that she was not in any trouble they were just patrolling the area, so she told officers her name was Jessica Miles.

Police say that while she was giving them this information, she began acting very nervous and was stuttering a bit. Officers noted that she acted as if she wasn’t sure of the information she was providing, which was odd because it was only her name and date of birth.

Noticing this suspicious behavior, officers reminded her that she was not in any trouble at all, but she needed to be honest about her identity. Officers once again asked her if she had an ID and she insisted that she didn’t. She then went on to tell police that she was headed to Walmart to pick up a prescription for a controlled substance drug.

When asked how she was going to pick up the prescription without identification, since it was a controlled substance, the female claimed that her grandmother was meeting her at the location to get it for her.

Police then began attempting to confirm the female’s identity using the name she provided. While to confirm this information through Troup 911, officers asked if they could search the purse she was carrying and she consented to the search.

Police then located two separate cards inside the purse with the name of Sheila Malone, but she continued to insist that she was Miles and not Malone.

Additional officers then arrived on scene and they were able to pull up photos for both Miles and Malone. Officers then immediately recognized the female in question was Malone, who also had an active warrant for her arrest.

When confronted with this information, Malone admitted that she lied because she was nervous.

As a result, Malone, age 34, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail and  with Obstruction of Officers and a warrant for Failure to Appear.

• Tuesday morning about 10:48 a.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 they had discovered a second shoplifting incident from a suspect that was arrested at the location the previous week.

The suspect, Joseph McKay, was arrested on April 20 after he allegedly attempted to steal several drills by bringing in empty boxes, supposedly for a refund, and then secretly swapping them out with merchandise off the shelf.

During this incident, McKay was found to be in possession of a Home Depot receipt from two days prior. The store Loss Prevention Officer then began reviewing security video from around this transaction and was able to locate video of McKay allegedly stealing other items.

The video showed McKay placing merchandise inside a rolling tool box then paying for only the tool box before exiting the store. The video showed the cashier failed to check inside the tool box and McKay left the location without paying for the merchandise.

Police say that McKay took items similar to the other incident including: two Dewalt drill/impact driver sets, valued at $379; and two separate Dewalt drill/impact driver sets, valued at $169. The total value of the theft was $1,096.

An additional warrant for Felony Theft by Shoplifting was issued to McKay.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Tuesday afternoon about 12:23 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to Henry Hall at LaGrange College on Broad Street in reference to a Burglary.

Officer arrived and spoke to the victim, who stated he and his girlfriend had left his dorm room to go to the cafeteria for lunch. The student stated that when he returned he found his television on the floor of the dorm room.

Several items were also missing from the dorm room including: a Sony PS4 video game system, valued at $450; an Amazon Fire stick, valued at $35; and a Jansport backpack, valued at $15, which contained an HP laptop computer, valued at $300.

The victim stated that they were only gone for about 30 minutes and his door was unlocked during that time frame. There were no signs of forced entry, so police believe the suspect(s) entered through the unlocked door.

LaGrange College Security was able to pull up video that showed the victim exit the building at 11:47 a.m. and returned at 12:17 p.m. hours. They advised that entry is restricted to this building and people should only be able to enter is through the front door.

No one was observed leaving the building with the items, but there are other exits that were not covered by video.

Officers processed the location for fingerprints and canvassed the area for potential witnesses, but police were unable to locate any other residents at the building.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Tuesday afternoon about 12:50 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Super Suds laundromat on Greenville Street in reference to a theft.

Officers arrived and met with the complainant who stated that sometime between noon and 12:30 p.m., unknown person(s) stole two Echo weed-eaters from the back of his pickup truck.

The complainant stated he was in the process of blowing the parking lot of Super Suds with his blower, when he saw two males and a female walk down Alexander Street near where his truck was parked. He later walked back to his truck after blowing the parking lot and realized that his weed eaters were missing.

The complainant never witnessed the subjects take the weed-eaters, but strongly suspected they had taken them. He advised that he believes the individuals walked behind the Mi Pueblito SuperMarket after they took the weed-eaters.

Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the weed-eaters or any of the suspects.

The stolen weed-eaters were valued a total of $438.

This incident is still under investigation.