Suspects surround driver, allegedly beat on car

Published 6:15 am Tuesday, April 4, 2017

By Melanie Ruberti

Public Safety Reports

A woman told LaGrange police several people began beating and kicking her car while she was parked on Borton Street around 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The victim stated three vehicles drove up around her car, the report stated. Several people then exited those vehicles, surrounded the woman’s car and allegedly began striking it with their fists and feet.

The woman managed to drive away and go to a friend’s house, the report read.

LPD officers noted a large dent on the hood and in the rear of the vehicle.

Police are investigating.

Fraudulent email

The quick thinking of two Twin Cedars employees possibly prevented a thief from cheating the organization out of thousands of dollars.

The employees told LaGrange police officers they both received emails from someone claiming to be the executive director of Twin Cedars.

The emails requested $29,520 be sent to a man in Fort Worth, Texas, the police report said. The reason for the funds was labeled as “purchasing.”

The employees reportedly asked the executive director about the request. She was unaware of the email, according to the report.

The case was turned over to LPD’s Criminal Investigation Section.

Stolen tires

Tire thieves strike again – this time at D&D Roofing at 225 E. Lukken Industrial Boulevard.

An employee told LaGrange police someone stole three tires off a 20- foot utility trailer in the back parking lot of the business.

The man said it happened sometime over the weekend, according to the report.

The utility trailer was left sitting on concrete blocks.

It appeared the suspect(s) attempted to steal the fourth tire, but could not get it off, the report stated.

The total value of the three tires was estimated at $600.

Fire left unattended

A woman who left two outdoor fires unattended at a home in the 200 block of Merrybrook Drive on Sunday may be cited by the LaGrange Police Department.

The woman allegedly started two ground cover fires using leaves – and left them unattended while she went to the store, according to the police report.

One of the fires spread to a neighbor’s yard.

Residents tried to put out the flames until the LaGrange Fire Department arrived on scene, the report stated.

No structures were damaged.

The woman told LPD officers she set the fires to get rid of snakes and termites from a tree that was recently cut down.

She did not have a burn permit, the report stated.

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. Reach the LaGrange Daily News at 706-884-7311.