A circulation employee for LaGrange Daily News was charged Thursday with felony theft after allegedly stealing $4,480 in deposits since August.
According to a LaGrange police report, Christina Knight, 39, of Bobby Wright Road admitted to stealing $4,480 in cash that was discovered missing in the last two months, when she was acting circulation manager. Knight was responsible for taking money from vendors and depositing it into the bank, but the majority of deposits were not made, LDN officials said.
Knight allegedly was taking the coins from the vendors to locations where she could get them converted to bills. Knight had $440 in rolled quarters Thursday that she told an officer she had taken and wished to return, according to a report.
Knight was taken to Troup County Jail and later released on $1,000 bond. She no longer works for the Daily News.
Woman charged with destroying man’s stuff in front of officer
A woman was arrested Thursday after a LaGrange police officer saw her walk out of a home in the 100 block of Boulevard with a TV, throw it down and smash it with a tool, according to a report. There also were other broken items from the home piled up outside, including more than a dozen Xbox games and an Xbox console.
The woman told the officer that the resident, who is the father of her child, had come to her home in the 200 block of Boulevard, woken her up and argued with her after finding out she had talked to other men. The man then left with her cell phone and she told him he had 10 minutes to bring it back or “she was going to destroy his belongings,” the report said.
“Apparently, (the man) did not bring the phone back in the allotted time, and (the suspect) went to her old residence … and began throwing and breaking his items in the middle of the road,” the officer wrote in the report.
Damage to items was estimated at more than $500. The woman was charged with criminal damage to property under the family violence act, a misdemeanor.
This is not the pot you’re looking for
A woman was arrested in the Laurel Crossing Apartments building at 1700 Park Place after the apartment manager reported seeing her smoking marijuana with a man outside her apartment. When police came to her apartment, she admitted to smoking the previous day inside the apartment and sitting with the man outside who was smoking marijuana earlier, according to a report.
The resident allowed officers to search her apartment, saying that “there’s probably only a few roaches left in here but you can look,” a report said. Officers did find some suspected roaches, marijuana cigarettes, in an ashtray and arrested the woman, who protested that “she should not be going to jail for it because she and her boyfriend smoked it last night, and it wasn’t the marijuana we were looking for today,” an officer wrote in the report.
She was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Men grab money after asking for smoke
A man reported that he was walking in the 300 block of Ashton Street when two men drove up and asked him for cigarettes. When he went to pull the cigarettes from his pocket, he dropped $50 and the full pack of cigarettes.
The passenger in the vehicle got out and shoved the victim, grabbed the cigarettes and cash and fled. Police believed one of the suspects also was behind a shoplifting incident earlier this week at Smile Mart, 426 S. Greenwood St.
Someone broke into trucks at Blue Bunny at 108 Service Park Lane, rummaging through and stealing some boxes of ice cream. The value of ice cream damaged or stolen was estimated at $200. It’s the second time in a week trucks at the business have been the target of theft.
A thief entered a Ford Ranger parked in the 600 block of Broad Street and stole $120 and a 17-inch Toshiba laptop of undisclosed value.
Someone stole 10 8-volt batteries valued at a total $1,400 from S&S Carts at 1940 Roanoke Road.
A LaGrange man said someone used his debit card for a $1,000 purchase at an undisclosed Walmart location.
A burglar apparently unlatched the front porch door to a home in the 500 block of Park Avenue and took a $300 Sony mp3 player, a pack of cigarettes valued at $5 and small trash can valued at $2 from the enclosed porch area, the resident reported.
A clerk at the Shell station at 208 Vernon St. said two women tried to prepay for gas with a counterfeit $50 bill, but left when they were told it was fake.
Rosa M. Ransom, 49, of Burr Street and Monica Danette Pattillo, 44, of Daniel Street were charged with felony shoplifting after they allegedly took $1,440 in jewelry from Marketplace at 100 Bull St.
—It is the policy of the LaGrange Daily News to list the names of those charged with felonies.