On Dec. 12, Shanna Kathleen Tory, 33, Monroe, was arrested and charged with theft by shoplifting. According to reports, Madison Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart at 4 p.m. to meet with loss prevention employees. The employees alerted officers that Tory was checking out and had allegedly taken barcodes from cheaper items and placed them over the more expensive items while checking out. In total, reports state, Tory had taken $44.76 worth of items without paying. Reports also allege that Tory used the same tactics on Dec. 5, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. In total, reports allege, Tory took $122.35 over those three days. All occurrences were recorded via video surveillance.
On Dec. 3, Smanda Melissa Vaughn, 39, Buckhead, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. According to reports, Vaughn alleged took $96 worth of merchandise from Walmart, Eatonton Road, without paying for the items. No other information was available regarding the arrest.
On Dec. 6, a theft of lost or mislaid property complaint was filed at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Eatonton Road. According to reports, a woman told police she had left her purse in her shopping cart and when she returned the purse was missing. Store employees were able to review surveillance video that showed a woman taking the purse, then looking furtively around before fleeing the store with the purse. Store employees were also able to review tape that showed the same suspect checking out at Ollie’s prior to taking the purse. The employees learned that the suspect had an Ollie’s customer account and they were able to produce both the suspect’s email and telephone number for police. The complainant told police that if she received her purse back with its contents she would not press charges. An officer called the suspect several times with no answer. The officer eventually left the woman a voicemail stating that he had reason to believe the woman had taken the purse and she needed to return it to the owner with all its contents. Reports state the woman continued to ignore the officer’s calls. The officer then left a voicemail advising the suspect that if the purse was not returned, the officer would be taking out warrants for the woman’s arrest. The suspect continued to ignore the calls. Three hours after the initial incident was reported, officers were called back to Ollie’s and were told the woman had returned the purse and then fled the scene. An officer called the suspect, again, and the suspect answered, reports state, “and was hysterical.” The woman allegedly told the officer that she had taken the purse and that she returned it with all contents in fear of going to jail. The officers advised the woman to return to Ollie’s so he could speak with her and the woman initially declined, stating that she was afraid she would be going to jail. The officer advised the woman that if everything was still in the purse she would not be going to jail but if she did not return to the store to speak with authorities, warrants for her arrest would be taken. The woman returned. The officer “spoke with her and told her that just because she is not going to jail that it didn’t mean the incident was not still serious and next time she may not be as fortunate to not have charges pressed against her.” The 55-year-old Conyers woman was then criminally trespassed from Ollie’s. The officer advised the woman that if she was observed at Ollie’s again she would be arrested.
On Dec. 6, arrest warrants alleging obstruction of law enforcement officers, possession of marijuana with then intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia or objects, possession of drugs, trafficking and window tint violation were taken against Willie Roger Laguin, 45, Madison. According to reports, Laguin was stopped at 8:15 a.m. for an alleged window tint violation while driving on South Main Street. Reports state that consequent to the traffic stop, an officer allegedly smelled marijuana in Laguin’s vehicle. Laguin was allowed to exit the vehicle and an officer confirmed that the window tint on the vehicle was illegal. Consequent to a search of the vehicle, the officer alleged found a Crown Royal liquor bag in the middle console of the vehicle. Inside the bag, reports allege, were 112 suspected Ecstasy pills. The officer then instructed a second officer who had arrived at the traffic stop to place Laguin in handcuffs. At the same moment, Laguin fled on foot from the traffic stop, running towards Pine Street. The officer gave chase but lost Laguin when Laguin jumped a fence on East Central Avenue. Reports state that the officer last visually saw Laguin running north on Pine Street. Reports state that an officer also allegedly found a black bag in the vehicle with three baggies of suspected marijuana and a scale. The suspected Ecstasy pills weighed 36 grams and the suspected marijuana weighed 50 grams.
On Dec. 1, an entering auto complaint was filed at a Foster Park Lane residence. According to reports, a man said someone had entered his 2018 Ford F150 and removed a Glock G40 handgun valued at $1,600 and a fake Rolex watch valued at $100. The man said he regularly keeps his truck locked, however there was no sign of forced entry, reports state.