Police arrested a 17-year-old employee of LaGrange Toyota on suspicion of stealing more than $2,000 in forged checks Thursday. Dycovian Marquis Gates was allegedly signing his name, along with a manager’s, on time cards and payroll checks. Copies of payroll checks from Bank of America showed checks cashed in June in the amounts of $297, $315, $189, $444 and $504, totalling $2261, according to a police report. While walking to the patrol car, Gates reportedly said “I did it and just want to get it over with,” the report said. Following an interview with detectives from the LaGrange Police Department, Gates was charged five counts of forgery in the first degree. More charges may follow, according to the report.
Alexander David Anderson, 27, of Newnan, was charged with suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and misdemeanor obstruction after he was stopped by LaGrange police on Houston Street.
Police said Anderson was the passenger in a car and was seen by an officer jumping from the car with a clear plastic bag, which was recovered and believed to have cocaine in it. Anderson then burst into an occupied house on Stonewall Street before being caught by police.
• Jeremy Terrance Pendrak, 38, of North Dawson Street in LaGrange was charged with suspicion of methamphetamine possession by LaGrange police.
• Xavier Terrell Ferrell, 18, of East 9th Street in West Point was charged by police there with suspected aggravated assault on an officer and misdemeanor obstruction.
Man assaulted, hat taken at Fourth celebration
A Hogansville man said he was at Pyne Road Park for the fireworks Wednesday night when he got in an argument with his intoxicated cousin. The victim’s cousin stole the Polo baseball cap, worth $35, off the man’s head.
When the victim tried to get his hat back, his cousin hit him in the face. The man was treated by EMS at the scene for a bloody nose and swelled face. The man’s cousin could be charged with theft and simple battery, if found by Troup deputies.
• The owner of a storage building in the 200 block of New Hutchinson Mill Road said someone drilled out the lock of the roll-up door and took several items from inside.
• A resident of Hogansville told Troup deputies someone took an $850 computer while she was at a friend’s house in the 800 block of Long Cane Road on Wednesday.
• A woman in the first block of Nantucket Drive told Troup deputies she heard a loud vehicle in her neighborhood Wednesday night, loud enough to shake the doors and windows of her house. The woman also heard shots she believed were too loud to be fireworks. The next morning, she found several dents in an outbuilding at her house that hadn’t been there before the noise.
Door forced open
LaGrange police said someone forced open the door of an apartment in the 1500 block of Brownwood Avenue but nothing was taken and no one was in the house.