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Monday February 29th

Police & Sheriff’s Reports

The individuals listed have been cited/arrested/charged in Troup County. However, this is not an admission of guilt. All parties are considered innocent until proved guilty.

• Early Friday morning about 12:46 a.m., LaGrange Police began to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked in the rear of Harris Baseball Complex on Ragland Street.

Police made contact with a male within the vehicle and over the course of the investigation found he was in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana.

After he was arrested, police were eventually able to correctly identify the suspect as him as William Elijah Underwood, but only after he was taken into custody.

Once in custody, Underwood was also found to be in possession of a stolen firearm and later confirmed to be a convicted felon and wanted out of Panama City, Florida.

As a result, Underwood, age 19, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Theft By Receiving Stolen Property, Giving a False Name, and Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce.

Underwood is currently being held at the Troup County Jail awaiting potential extradition.

• Thursday night about 9:36 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the LaGrange Mall on Lafayette Parkway in reference to an Entering Auto Theft.

Officers arrived and spoke to the complainant, an employee of Belk, who advised she returned from her break at about 3:38 and placed her purse in the trunk of her black Dodge Charger.

The victim stated she called Bank of America at 6:07 p.m., but was unable to answer the phone and they left a message about possible suspicious activity on her account. She stated she later left work at about 7:25 p.m. and noticed the parking lot was very dark and the lights were not working for some reason.

She didn’t attempt to retrieve her purse until she arrived home, at which point she realized it was missing. The victim and her male friend who owns the vehicle then returned to Belk and called police to make a report.

The victim advised the black leather purse, valued at $60, was taken from the trunk of the car. The purse contained several identification documents and cards, as well as the victim’s checkbook. After the purse was taken, the victim’s debit card was used twice, once for $100 and a second time for $59.50.

The victim advised a coworker mentioned to her that a white male and white female were in the parking lot near the vehicle in a blue and grey truck and they appeared to be suspicious.

Police processed the vehicle for fingerprints and are in the process of attempting to review security video that may have captured the incident.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Thursday afternoon about 4:09 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Longhorn restaurant on LaFayette Parkway in reference to an Entering Auto.

Police arrived and spoke to the complainant, who advised that sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., unknown person(s) forcibly entered his white Chevy Heavy Duty pickup truck and stole his pistol.

The victim advised that he left the location and went to the mall before realizing the pistol was missing and then drove back to Longhorn.

Upon inspecting the vehicle, officers located a small hole just under the driver’s door handle that appeared to have been punched with an unknown object. There was no other damage visible on the truck.

The gun was described as a black semi-automatic .32 caliber Beretta Tomcat pistol. The victim advised the pistol was sitting in the center console of the truck in plain view just under the dash.

Police processed the vehicle for prints and canvassed the area for potential witnesses, but no one reported seeing or hearing anything unusual.

While at the nearby Comfort Inn, officers learned they had a pair of video cameras that point in the direction of the Longhorn parking lot and located the crime on video as it occurred. The video shows a black Nissan Altima or Maxima enter the parking lot and backs to the parking space next to the victim’s truck at about 3:16 p.m. A black male wearing a white shirt then exited the driver side of the vehicle and briefly entered the truck. The suspect then left the area in the black Nissan.

LaGrange Police have posted the video of the incident on their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/lagrangepolicedept and are asking for help from the public in helping to identify the suspect.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000.

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