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On January 4 Scott A. Laska, 47, Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested and charged with public intoxication after he allegedly engaged in a verbal confrontation with a truck driver at the Pilot Truck Stop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, officers were called to the truck stop after a driver said he had a confrontation with another driver in the parking lot. When an officer arrived, he observed a man matching Laska’s description inside the truck stop. Laska allegedly gave his keys to a clerk at the truck stop and said he was “surrendering his keys.” When officers removed Laska from the truck stop he allegedly became both belligerent and apologetic. He also allegedly made an obscene gesture towards the complainant and called the complainant a derogatory description of a human body part. An officer requested and received a breath sample from Laska on a portable meter and the results were 0.232.

On January 4 Yasmine Monique Crawford, 24, Greensboro was arrested and charged with shoplifting at Wal Mart after she, and a 16-year-old female, allegedly took the tags off items, placed the items in a backpack and then attempted to purchase just the backpack at the self checkout aisle. Reports state that the pair also took a $24.87 pair of shoes and placed them in a $9 shoe box and then placed jewelry in the box and attempted to purchase the $9 box of shoes at the self checkout aisle. The juvenile was banned from Wal Mart and turned over to her mother. Crawford was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

On December 24 Jeremy William Brown, 30, Monroe was arrested and charged with shoplifting at Wal Mart after he allegedly, over a nearly one month period, took items from the store without paying for the items. Reports state that Brown was employed at Wal Mart as a hourly manager and allegedly took several cases of beer, a 20 ounce Gatorade, a yogurt, 12 Redbull’s and a WWE Buddies without paying for the items.

On January 2 a larceny complaint was filed at a Wal Mart, Eatonton Road, after an employee said that she left her purse in a fitting room and someone opened the purse and removed two cards from her wallet. The woman said a debit card and a Wal Mart card that she uses to receive her compensation were missing.

On December 26 a larceny and fraud complaint was filed at a South Main Street location after a woman said someone entered her vehicle, removed her brown leather purse and Michael Kors wallet that contained $55 cash, a Georgia Eppi child support card, a Snap food stamp card, two Regions Bank Visa debit cards and a Georgia United credit card. The woman said after the theft more than $700 in fraudulent charges had been made to her Regions Visa debit cards.

On December 24 a shoplifting complaint was filed at Wal Mart, Eatonton Road, after an employee reported that he observed on surveillance tape a couple enter the stored on December 19 and remove five lap tops and a bag of charcoal without paying for the items. The employee said a Wal Mart in McDonough, on December 24, had arrested the same couple for shoplifting. The couple left the Madison Wal Mart in a black Corvette, reports stae, and McDonough officials said the couple arrived at the McDonough store in a black Corvette.

On December 26 a battery complaint was filed at a Penor Street location after a woman alleged that her daughter threw her to the ground and hurt her “booty.” According to reports, the woman said she and her boyfriend had engaged in a verbal argument when the daughter allegedly grabbed her by the arms and threw her to the ground. The boyfriend said the argument occurred at approximately 11 a.m. and that the complainant was intoxicated and had made a move to strike him when the daughter stopped the complainant and made her sit on a couch. The complainant said she had been drinking and could not remember when the incident occurred but did know that it was still light outside.

On December 28 a shoplifting complaint was filed at Wal Mart after an employee reported that a male entered the store and placed three long sleeve shirts and a hoodie on and then left the store. The woman said that she followed the man outside the store and the man approached an SUV driven by a woman. The woman asked “what’s going on?” The complainant said she asked the woman if she knew the suspect and the woman denied knowing the suspect. The employee entered the store and called police. Surveillance video shows the woman stopping the vehicle on Lion’s Club Road and picking up the suspect.

On December 31 Timothy Trey Pitts, 17, Madison; Rogers Antonio Burke, 17, Rutledge and Zachary Patrick Anderson, 18, Madison were all arrested and charged with shoplifting after they allegedly attempted to take more than $1,000 in merchandise from Wal Mart without paying for the items. Reports state that an employee allegedly observed all three taking items from original packaging and then hiding the items. Pitts was also charged with possession of marijuana after a deputy allegedly found a small amount of marijuana in a plastic bag in his shoe while he was being processed at the Morgan County Detention Center.

On December 27 Chuck Willie Russell, 54, Madison was arrested and charged with shoplifting after he allegedly took two packs of pork chops and placed them in his pants.

On December 27 a counterfeiting complaint was filed at McDonalds, Eatonton Road, after an employee reported that a man attempted to pay for an order at the drive through window with a counterfeit $20 bill. The woman said an employee realized the bill was counterfeit and that the man then left before he could be detained.

On December 29 a larceny complaint was filed at Golden Pantry, North Main Street, after a woman reported that she and her daughter and two other friends went to the store and that the complainant and her daughter entered the store. The woman said that when they got back in their car they noticed that her 11-year-old daughter’s phone was missing. Both “friends” in the vehicle denied knowledge of the phone but, reports state, the woman called the son of one of the friends and the son said that her mother did, in fact, have the phone and described the phone to the complainant.

On December 30 a burglary complaint was filed at the Liberty Store, Monticello Road, after officers responded to a burglar alarm. Reports state that officer observed a man on the video surveillance system throw a brick through a front door, enter the store with a plastic trash bag and remove cartons of cigarettes.

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