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Police & Sheriff’s Reports 07-28-2020

Sunday night, about 7:58 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to New Franklin Road in reference to Shoplifting.

Officers arrived and spoke with Loss Prevention, who advised that they observed a suspect on security video under scanning multiple items through self-checkout. The suspect then bagged the items and attempted to leave the store without paying for them, at which point she was confronted by employees and escorted to the Loss Prevention office.

Employees advised that the items taken were various clothing, food, and general merchandise, valued at $78.82.

When police asked for her identification, she stated that she did not have it. She then provided police with a name, date of birth, and address later determined to be false.

After officers tried multiple variations of the names the suspect provided, police utilized a rapid fingerprinting device, but she still came back as no record found.

Police advised the suspect that if they could not positively identify her, she could not simply be issued a citation and would have to be taken to the jail to be identified and processed, but she continued to state that she was Jazmon Smith, and did not understand why her driver license was not in the system.

While officers were speaking to the suspect, Loss Prevention observed a driver license inside the suspect’s cellphone case. Police then retrieved the Georgia Driver License, which showed the name Audreia LaPorcha Ferrell and the photo on the license matched the suspect.

Ferrell was then advised that not only was she under arrest for the Theft by Shoplifting, she was being charged with Obstruction for giving a false name.

Ferrell had three small children with her, so officers asked her to call someone to come to the location to take custody of them. Initially Ferrell stated that she did not know anyone who could take the children, but when advised that if she did not locate someone, police would be forced to call DFACS to take custody, she called her friend, the actual Jazmon Smith, to come to the location for the children.

As a result, Ferrell, age 28, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500 and Obstruction of Officers.

Saturday night about 8:45 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the McDonald’s restaurant on Lafayette Parkway in reference to counterfeit money.

Officer arrived and made contact with the complainant, who stated an unknown white male came through the drive thru around 8:35 p.m. and placed an order for two McChicken sandwiches and a Happy Meal.

The driver of the vehicle then provided the cashier was a counterfeit $20 bill and the cashier immediately contacted her supervisor, who called 911.

Using security video, police were able to identify the suspect vehicle as a red Hyundai, registered to a female in West Point.

This incident is still under investigation.