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Thieves steal 110 car batteries from Walmart

LaGrange police are looking for two men who stole used batteries from Walmart at 803 New Franklin Road on Sept. 15.

The store’s surveillance video showed the men enter the parking lot in a Chevrolet truck and park near the tire center, the report stated.

The men then cut the lock off the used battery cage and allegedly carried 110 used batteries of different makes to their truck.

The cost of the batteries was estimated at $10,310.

Walmart managers told LaGrange police this was not the first time someone has stolen used batteries from the property.

Two males were also spotted on surveillance video stealing batteries on Sept. 20.

Police are investigating.

Burglaries

• A homeowner discovered someone broke into her house in the 400 block of Milam Street about 12:15 a.m. on Monday.

The woman told LaGrange police officers an Apple iPad tablet plus the charger and a semi-automatic hand gun were missing from the residence, according to the police report.

The items were valued $699.

• A woman called LaGrange police about 11:10 a.m. on Monday after someone allegedly broke into her home in the 200 block of Brown Street.

The victim said the thieves took a 42-inch Emerson flat screen TV and a 32-inch Samsung flat screen TV.

The cost of the items was about $710.

Theft of utilities

A homeowner told LaGrange police she believes her neighbors are stealing electricity and water from her house in the 400 block of Harwell Avenue.

The woman said she caught the couple using an outdoor water spigot and her utility bill is more than $1,453, according to the police report.

The homeowner told officers she believed the theft has been going on for two months.

LaGrange police spoke with the neighbors who allegedly admitted to using a small amount of electricity to charge a drill battery and taking a half gallon of water without permission.

Police are investigating.

DUI arrest

One man was arrested about 1 a.m. on Monday after he allegedly drove his Subaru Legacy into a power pole near the intersection of Hamilton Road and Union Street.

LaGrange police caught the motorist walking away from the crash site on Hamilton Road, the police report stated.

Officers said the man smelled of alcohol but refused any field sobriety tests.

The man was arrested and charged with DUI less safe, failure to maintain lane and striking a fixture, all misdemeanors.

Battery

A fight among three people in the 100 block of Brown Street ended with one woman getting hit in the face with a chair.

The incident happened about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The victim told LaGrange police said she stopped to talk with some friends where two people were already in an argument. One of the people then turned on the victim and tried to throw a chair at her, the report stated.

The chair hit the woman in the lip. Officers noticed a small cut inside the victim’s lip, according to the report.

The person who allegedly threw the chair left before officers arrived on the scene.

Police are investigating.

Follow up: Elderly woman found deceased

An autopsy performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on an elderly woman found deceased outside her home on Grayson Trail showed she died from natural causes, stated Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff.

A caretaker found the woman’s body on the back porch of her home just before 6 p.m. on Thursday.

It appeared the woman had been deceased for several days, according to Woodruff. For that reason, her body was sent to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta for an official autopsy.

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Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies.

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