Man charged with having stolen gun, drugs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 25, 2016

A 24-year-old man was arrested during a routine traffic stop on Tuesday at 8 p.m. after LaGrange police officers discovered a stolen hand gun, drugs and drug paraphernalia on his person.

An officer pulled over Earlie Desmond Anderson III in a driveway of a home in the 100 block of Wright Street because a rear brake light was burned out, the police report stated.

Anderson did not have a driver license and was detained by the officer, according to the report.

When the officer searched Anderson, he found a bag of suspected marijuana, a digital scale and a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his pockets. Police ran the serial number of the weapon and discovered it was stolen in March, the report stated.

Anderson reportedly told LaGrange police he bought the gun for $200 from some unknown juvenile.

As the 24 year old was taken into custody, his father walked up and allegedly threatened the police officer. He reportedly said, “I had something coming to me,” the officer stated in his report. Another man at the house eventually took the father into the backyard.

Police charged Anderson with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and driving while license was suspended or revoked. He was given a written citation for the brake light violation.

Man attacked in apartment complex

A man told police he was assaulted by a group of males while walking through the Tall Pines apartment complex at 150 Turner St. about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers met the victim in the emergency room at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center almost three hours later.

According to the report, the victim told police one of the men began to assault him, but when he fought back the group ran away.

The man had several gashes on his face including a small injury that started at his mouth and left an exit wound out his cheek, officers stated. Police do not believe the man was shot.

Police are investigating.


A woman told LaGrange police someone broke into her home in the 100 block of Northwoods Drive on Tuesday while she was at work.

The victim said she noticed her kitchen door was kicked in and several items appeared to be missing, the report stated.

Those items included two flat-screen TVs, three gold rings, one watch, two silver necklaces, a laptop computer, coins and several pairs of jeans.

The victim estimated the total value of the items taken was $1,550.

Counterfeit money

The manager of the Wendy’s restaurant at 303 Vernon St. called police on Tuesday about 11:15 p.m. after a male tried to pay for his food with a counterfeit $20 bill.

According to the report, the manager knew the money was fake because almost two hours earlier, another man tried to pay for his food with a $20 bill with the same serial number. She said she found a third $20 bill with a matching serial number when she was counting money inside the safe earlier in the day.

The man who attempted to pay with the fake bill the third time drove off but someone got a description of the car and tag number.

Police are investigating.


• A homeowner told LaGrange police on Wednesday she believes a woman who has been living in her residence in the 100 block of North Street has also been stealing from her.

The woman stated her debit card, seven rings, 10 sets of earrings and 200 DVDs are missing from her home.

The total value of the items was $4,600.

Police are investigating.

• A woman called LaGrange police on Tuesday about 8:30 a.m. after discovering someone stole two tires off her car while it was parked in the Super 8 motel parking lot at 29 Patillo Road.

The victim told police a friend took one tire and was supposed to pay her for it. She believed that same person may have stolen the second tire, according to the report.

Officers spoke with the friend who agreed to return the tire she took, but claimed she had nothing to do with the second tire that was stolen.

The victim said the cost of both tires and rims was about $548.

Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti

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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