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LaGrange teen charged in burglaries

Public Safety Reports

Staff report

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A 15 year old was charged with burglary Wednesday afternoon for allegedly breaking into three businesses in the 200 block of West Haralson Street over the last couple of weeks.

LaGrange Police Sgt. Robert Kirby said the first burglary reported was at the Department of Juvenile Justice, 210 W. Haralson St., on Nov. 28. The burglar in that case stole two iPhones, batteries and a Verizon air card for wireless Internet. In the second incident, a burglar reportedly broke into Principle Construction, 202 W. Haralson St., on Dec. 5 and took an iPod and food.

Kirby said some of the items from those burglaries were recovered, leading detectives to believe that the juvenile was the suspect, but needed additional evidence to prove it. He added that the theft of food many times is an indication of a juvenile being involved.

According to written reports by LaGrange police, officials with the Department of Juvenile Justice again reported a burglary about 8:10 a.m. Wednesday in which the perpetrator had apparently broken and entered through a back window, ransacked some desks and took candy and sodas. About 8:30 a.m. officials at Smith Design Group reported that someone had broken through a window, ransacked desks and took an iPad valued at $300.

Police were able to use the iPad to trace its location, which Kirby said was the teen suspect’s residence.

“When the iPad tracked over there, we were already pretty sure it was the same person, but that pretty much cinched him up,” he said.

The juvenile later reported to the Department of Juvenile Justice on a pickup order, where police arrested him.

LaGrange police said the juvenile, whose name is being withheld due to his age, faces four counts of second-degree burglary.

Man allegedly pulls gun during altercation

Police were checking the area of Alford and Ridge streets about midnight Wednesday after someone reported hearing gunshots.

During the check, officers came across a woman in the 400 block of Harwell Avenue who said her daughter’s boyfriend had pulled a gun after her estranged husband and son “jumped on” him. She said her son snatched the gun from him.

Officers tried to find the three men, but were unable to locate them at their listed addresses.

Theft

A man reported leaving his car unlocked while he went inside the Dollar General at 200 Colquitt St. on Wednesday evening. When he returned, someone had taken his Metro PCS Leon 4G cell phone valued at $150 from his car seat.

Fraud

A LaGrange man reported Wednesday that he was recruited for a supposed secret shopper job and received instructions to cash a check for $2,310.11 and spend $40 dollars at two local stores, and he was to retain $300 for himself and forward the remainder to direct shoppers. The man said he became suspicious and contacted the business named on the check, which told him there is an investigation about its account information being stolen. The man said he would cooperate with police on an investigation about the incident.

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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