Police look into suspicious fire

Published 8:23 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018

LaGrange police are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred at a storage building at the 700 block of Swanson Street Saturday around 2:14 p.m. The LaGrange Fire Department responded to the scene, and the fire was put out by 2:24 p.m., according to LFD Lt. Rob Vael.

According to the police report, the building was a total loss. The owner told police the building was valued at $3,600 and the contents inside were valued at $1,500.

A woman told police she was in her residence when her daughter told her that the storage building was on fire. After opening the building, she tried to use the water hose inside, but the fire became too intense, according to the police report. Vael said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but said it was suspicious because of the patterns on the backside of the building and because a fuel can was found in the area.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the LPD at (706) 883-2603.

Temp worker arrested

A temp worker on her first day of work at The LaGrange Daily News was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stealing at Piggly Wiggly.

Tiffany Lee Sanford allegedly took a stick of deodorant off the shelf at Piggly Wiggly on South Greenwood Street and put it in her purse, according to a report from the LaGrange Police Department. Sanford, 33, told police she put the deodorant in her purse after she got a phone call and forgot about it.

Sanford also had a failure to appear warrant for her arrest. She was arrested on theft by shoplifting $500 or less and failure to appear (state), according to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office arrest/release reports.

House burglarized

More than $1,000 worth of items were taken from a home on the 100 block of White Oak Drive Monday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:52 p.m. The homeowner told police her front door was forced open. Items taken include two 32-inch flat screen televisions, a PlayStation 4 valued at $400, a HP laptop valued at $289 and an envelope containing $400 cash.

Vehicle Stolen

A Chevrolet Equinox was allegedly stolen at the 300 block of Ware Street Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. The owner told police she went out to start her car to warm it before she took her children to school. When she came back outside, it was missing.  The owner told police the vehicle was valued at $12,000.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases.