Police & Sheriff’s Reports 10-31-2018
Saturday morning about 3:15 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to Wal-Mart on New Franklin Road in reference to reports of shoplifting in progress.
Officers arrived and met with the manager, who stated he had been watching a young male concealing merchandise in a book bag throughout the store.
The manager then pointed out the young male suspect, later identified as a 16-year-old juvenile.
When confronted by police, the juvenile stated nothing was in his book bag. Officers then informed the juvenile that he had been seen putting merchandise in the bag, at which point he stated everything in the bag was his.
The juvenile was then detained and officers recovered a small television from the book bag he had been carrying.
Police were later able to review video camera footage of the juvenile stealing the television. According to police, he was seen walking to the electronics section where he selected an Element 19 inch LED television, valued at $102.16, and removed it from its box. He then placed the TV in the book bag and began walking around in the store until he was confronted by police.
As a result, the juvenile, age 16, was charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500 and released to his mother.
Late Friday night about 12:31 a.m., LaGrange Police were on patrol in the area of North Greenwood Street near Smith Street when officers observed a Kia Optima traveling with no headlights or taillights activated.
Police conducted a traffic stop on the Kia near the intersection of Mitchell Avenue and Burke Street. Prior to the vehicle stopping, officers observed two white bags being thrown from the vehicle onto the side walk.
The driver and passengers were then detained while officers located and retrieved the two white plastic baggies, later confirmed to contain suspected marijuana.
Police first spoke with the driver, Zacharias Whitfield, who admitted that the marijuana was his and that he threw the baggies out of the window.
The other passengers stated they were receiving a ride home from Whitfield and were returning from the movie theater. They stated they were unaware of the marijuana being inside the vehicle until Whitfield threw it out the window.
As a result, Whitfield, age 26, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.
Whitfield was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.
- West Point Police responded to a Burglary that was reported on East Sixth Street.
- Brenyatta Davidson, of West Point, was arrested by West Point Police for warrants from another agency.
- West Point Police took a report for damage to vehicle was reported on I-85 NB.