Police Reports 07/29/2022
• Tuesday night, around 11:55 p.m., LaGrange Police observed a stolen grey Dodge Charger turn from Barnard Avenue onto Greenville Street headed east. Officers were actively searching for the stolen vehicle, which matched the description provided, so they followed the Charger as they confirmed the tag number.
When the tag number confirmed that it was the vehicle that had been reported stolen, officers initiated a traffic stop using emergency lights.
The vehicle then momentarily hesitated before proceeding through the red light and continuing on Ragland Street towards Calumet Center Road, failing to maintain its lane and accelerating aggressively.
Police pursued the fleeing vehicle through several streets as it ran multiple lights and stop signs and drove into oncoming traffic.
Ultimately, officers performed a PIT maneuver on the fleeing vehicle in the area of Morgan Street near Broome Street. The vehicle then completed 180 degree turn before coming to a stop, at which point five to six males exited the vehicle and fled on foot onto the St. Peter’s Catholic Church property on Lafayette Parkway. Officers were able apprehend one of the fleeing individuals who was later identified as Kavaris Shells.
Shells was apprehended wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and gloves, which police believe were worn for criminal activity due to the high outside temperature.
Shells was unwilling to disclose his involvement or what he and his cohorts were en route to do prior to police contact.
Due to the vehicle being stolen and then abandoned, officers searched the stolen Charger. A Glock 43X pistol was located on the ground near the rear passenger side door of the fleeing vehicle. Police say the firearm was loaded with seven 9mm bullets. Officers also located another firearm in the grass nearby. The second firearm was described as a Glock 22 pistol loaded with 14 .40 caliber bullets. Both firearms were seized as evidence for the case.
Due to the physical evidence found at the scene, Shells, age 18, was arrested and charged with Theft by Receiving (Felony), Obstruction of Officers, and Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime.
• Monday afternoon, about 2 p.m., officers took a walk-in report at the LaGrange Police Department in reference to Identity Theft.
Police spoke with the complainant, who stated unknown person(s) had stolen her identity and opened up three accounts at Truist Bank.
The victim stated that on July 23, 2022, around 2:47 a.m. she attempted to access her account via her cell phone app and learned the account had been frozen, but she initially thought the account may have been frozen due to it being overdrawn.
The following morning around 8 a.m. she called Truist Bank and they told her she needed to go to the closest branch. An employee at the Truist Bank on Church Street in LaGrange then told her that unknown person(s) had created three accounts in her name and attempted to deposit three checks.
Truist Bank later learned that the three checks were worthless and no withdrawals were made on any of the three accounts.
The fictitious checks were written for $4,900.50, $4,878.93, and $4,807.67.
This incident is still under investigation.