Alleged burglar places stolen items on Facebook

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Hogansville man was arrested after he placed items on Facebook he allegedly stole from a home in northern Troup County.

Jonathan Lee Phillips, 24, was taken into custody on Monday in the town of Woodbury, stated investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

Phillips allegedly burglarized the home on Saturday. A short time later, the man advertised some of the stolen property as being for sale on a Facebook page, investigators said.

According to sheriff’s officials, investigators were able to recover most of the items taken from the home.

Phillips was charged with first-degree burglary. He remained behind bars Wednesday afternoon awaiting a bond hearing.


• The manager of the Badcock Furnishings Distribution Center at 505 Pegasus Parkway reported on Tuesday afternoon an Asus laptop computer valued at $850 was taken from the facility.

The manager told LaGrange police he noticed items were out of place and reviewed the building’s surveillance videos. One of the videos showed an employee appear to take the laptop, hide it under his shirt and get into a waiting SUV, according to the police report.

An arrest warrant for theft was issued for the employee.

• A woman told LaGrange police on Tuesday three money orders totaling $875 were possibly taken from the rent drop box at the Windsor Park Apartment complex at 404 Town Center Drive.

The woman claimed she dropped them in the box on Aug. 5 about 7 p.m., the police report states. Several days later the victim was contacted by the apartment manager who stated she had not received a rent payment.

The victim told police when she contacted the customer service line, the representative revealed the address on those three money orders had been changed.

Two more tenants also reported their money orders totalling $1,460 were also taken from the rent drop box on Aug. 5.

Police are investigating.

• A leasing agent called police about 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday after discovering an air-conditioning window unit was stolen from an empty business space at 105 B Byron Hurst St.

The man said the theft occurred some time within the last two weeks.

The unit was valued at about $200. The leasing agent told police there was about $200 in damage from where the thief took the unit from the window.

Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti

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