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Police Recover Stolen Property during Traffic Stop

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

LaGrange Police have arrested a man who was allegedly found to be in possession of a plethora of stolen property as the result of a traffic stop.

Willie James Tiller, of LaGrange, was arrested on Monday during a traffic stop where he was determined to be driving with a suspended license. During the investigation, Tiller was found to be in possession of a large amount of lawn equipment, which police believe was stolen during recent burglaries and thefts in the City of LaGrange.

Investigators later confirmed that property in truck driven by Tiller had been taken during a burglary earlier the day on Wisteria Way. Additional property in the truck is also believed to have been stolen during other burglaries and thefts in the area and surrounding neighborhoods.

Tiller was also found to be in possession of a firearm which was a violation of his parole and felon convicted status.

During a subsequent search of Tiller’s residence, he was found to be in possession of additional property that had been reported stolen and additional property believed to be stolen.

Police believe Tiller has been involved in numerous burglaries and residential yard thefts throughout the City of LaGrange and Troup County, and police are now attempting to return the property to the rightful owners.

If anyone has been a victim of a theft or burglary where lawn equipment, golf clubs, fishing rods and reels, tackle, bikes, and other assorted items, please contact the LaGrange Police Department Criminal Investigations Section.

As a result, Tiller, age 60, was charged with burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property, and driving while license suspended.

If anyone has any additional information about this incident, please contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603. Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000. Tips can also be submitted through the LaGrange Police Department’s Facebook page.

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