Burglar breaks into LaGrange church

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 10, 2015

Public Safety Reports

Melanie Ruberti



Someone used a brick to break into the Bring Back the Gospel House of Prayer at 131 Mitchell Ave. and stole a drum set.

When LaGrange police arrived at the scene around 9 p.m. Sunday they found the glass to the front door shattered and a brick sitting on the front porch next to the door.

The owner said when she went inside the church she immediately noticed the drum set she bought was missing. The set, which she stated consisted of a bass drum, snare drum, two small tenor drums and two large cymbals, was valued at $596.

Police were investigating.

Vehicle flees police car

One driver apparently decided he didn’t want to be pulled over by police, so he kept going before finally ditching his car Saturday night.

A LaGrange officer was patrolling in the area of Glenn Robertson and Colquitt streets around 8:45 p.m. and reported encountering a 2005 red Ford F-250 playing loud music.

The officer pulled the truck over on Colquitt near Miami streets. The driver pulled over and cut the ignition off, but the officer said as soon as he approached the vehicle, the driver cranked up and quickly drove away.

The officer said he followed the truck at a safe speed to a residence in the 900 block of Motley Street, where he found the vehicle parked in the back yard.

Police found the owner, who said he had a mechanic working on his truck and did not know he had taken it for a test drive. He said the man just threw the keys on the front porch and took off.

Police were investigating.

Wrong way car leads to pot charge

A passenger inside a car sitting the wrong way on Mulberry Street was arrested, not for a traffic violation but on a marijuana possession charge.

LaGrange officers reported seeing the Ford Expedition take off the wrong way down the one-way street and stopped it Saturday night around 9:30 on Gorham and Mulberry streets.

The officer made contact with the driver, but noticed the front seat passenger acting nervous. The officer asked if he could search him and the passenger consented. According to the report, the officer also asked the driver if he could search the car where the passenger was sitting and located a cigar pack with a rolled marijuana joint.

The passenger was arrested and issued a citation for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana .

CD player stolen from car

A man told police someone broke into his car and took his CD player Sunday between 2 and 3 p.m. while his car sat in front of his home in the 1000 block of Elm Street.

According to the report, the man left his home and went to the store to play the lottery. He returned home, then left again and noticed an unopened beer bottle in the front of his car. The victim told police that is when he saw the CD player, valued at $300, was gone.

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.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.