Posts on Jan 1970

Man Breaks Into Dalton Church, Stealing Computer

UPDATE (12/14/16, 2:15 PM) An arrest has been made in connection with this case.

UPDATE (11/30/16, 3:00 PM) We have identified and interviewed the suspect in this case and have recovered the stolen computer. We will be seeking warrants and arresting the suspect soon.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who broke into a Dalton church, and stole a computer. The man also wrote messages on a dry-erase board in a children’s classroom and a classroom sign-in sheet that officials described as satanic.

The burglary happened at the First United Methodist Church at 500 South Thornton Avenue during the early morning hours of November 21st. A young white male entered the church through the daycare area entrance. The suspect cut the cables to one of the surveillance cameras in the church, but not before it captured a clear image of his face. Other cameras were left operating. The suspect spent three hours wandering the halls of the church. The suspect stole a laptop computer before leaving.

The suspect is a white male who wore a gray zip up hooded sweatshirt over a navy blue hooded shirt. When he entered the church, both hoods were over his head. He wore gloves and an attempt at a mustache.  Two pictures of the suspect are included with this release.

Below: The suspect was photographed by the church’s surveillance system

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Woman Steals Drone From Convenience Store

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who is apparently looking to fly the friendly skies without first paying for her aircraft. The suspect stole a toy spy drone from a Dalton convenience store last week.

The theft happened shortly after 10:00 pm on November 14th at the Mapco store at 2000 Chattanooga Road. A white woman with dark hair wearing a dark jacket, pink shirt, and pink bandana in her hair entered the store several times making transactions. The last time she was in the store, she picked up a Nemo Spy Drone valued at $59.99 and placed it out of sight of the store clerk. When she left the store, she slipped the box containing the drone in one of her bags and left without paying for it. The suspect was recorded by the store’s surveillance system and pictures of her are included below.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or this crime is asked to please contact Detective Jacob Burger.

Below: Images of the suspect from store surveillance.

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New DPD Sergeant Promoted

A veteran Dalton Police Department officer had his promotion to the rank of sergeant confirmed at this morning’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission. Sergeant Michael D. Houck was confirmed by a unanimous 3-0 vote of the commissioners present at Tuesday’s meeting (Carlos Calderin and Kenneth Willis were not in attendance).

Sergeant Houck joined the Dalton Police Department in June 2007. Since that time, Sergeant Houck has served as a patrol officer and became a leader for his shift. He also served as a field training officer, mentoring new officers after they graduated from the police academy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Covenant College which he received in 2010.

Below: Sergeant Michael D. Houck

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DPD Investigates Burglary At Electronics Store

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who broke in to an area business and stole electronics and cash. Three suspects were recorded breaking in to the store, with one individual’s face visible in a close-up shot. Two laptop computers and two camcorders were among the stolen items.

The burglary happened at approximately 1:00 am on November 12th at Magia Digital at 619 East Morris Street. Just after 1:00 am, a camera mounted by the front counter shows a young Hispanic male wearing a knit hat with a John Deere logo on it and a hooded jacket walk up to the camera and rip it out of the wall. A short time later, the male and two other males were recorded removing other cameras in the store and also stealing a Macbook Pro laptop and an iMac desktop computer and also Sony camcorders. The suspects were all of slender builds and wore jackets or hooded sweatshirts zipped up over their heads. The suspects likely entered the business through an unlocked window and left through a back door.  A picture of the first suspect is included below.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or this crime is asked to please contact Detective Sam Eaton at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 158.

Below: One of the suspects was recorded by the store’s surveillance system (click to see a larger version)

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Dalton Man Arrested After Tuesday Morning Shooting

After an early morning shooting on Tuesday, the Dalton Police Department arrested 34 year old Thomas Kyle Williams on Thursday on numerous charges including aggravated assault. The shooting victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and has already been released from the hospital.

Officers were called to the intersection of Tyler Street and Chattanooga Road at approximately 2:30 am Tuesday with a report of a man with a gunshot wound. When they arrived, 42-year old Dennis Richard Green of Dalton reported that he had been shot in a drive-by shooting. Green told officers that an “older muscle car” had driven by him and he heard what he thought was the vehicle backfiring, and then he realized he’d been shot in the abdomen.

Officers investigating the case soon found several inconsistencies with Green’s story and determined that the shooting could not have happened how Green said it did. Officers and detectives were able to determine that the shooting actually took place at the house at 604 Luckie Street after an argument between Green and Thomas Kyle Williams, possibly regarding drugs. Dalton officers served a search warrant at the house on Thursday afternoon and recovered a .380 handgun believed to be the weapon used in the shooting and other evidence of the crime. Williams was arrested without incident at approximately 3:45 Thursday afternoon.

Thomas Kyle Williams is charged with aggravated assault with a gun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and possession of methamphetamine. Another man, 34-year old Jason Freeman, was at the house at 604 Luckie Street when officers executed the search warrant and was arrested but he is not considered a suspect in the shooting. Freeman was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

This incident is still being investigated and further charges are possible. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to please contact Detective Scott Murray at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 148 or call our anonymous tip line at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 221.

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DPD Raising Funds For Kids To “Shop With A Cop”

The Dalton Police Department wants to make it a happier holiday season for some area elementary school students and we need your help to do it. The department will be taking some area kids in need to “Shop With A Cop” for toys and gifts next month, and officers are seeking donations to help.

The “Shop With A Cop” event will be held on December 17th at Walmart on Shugart Road. Children selected by the Dalton Public Schools will be assigned a police officer buddy who will go through the store with them to help them shop for toys and gifts. It will be up to each child to determine how to spend their gift money. The department’s goal is to raise enough money to take at least 12 kids shopping, two from each of the city’s elementary schools.

“I applaud the officers for taking the lead in helping the least advantaged in our community, and very thankful for the support we receive from citizens and businesses,” said Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker. “The reality is that many in our community may not be able to provide gifts for their children, so this is a way for the community and our officers to help out with that. It’s as much about the positive interaction with young people as it is about going with that child to buy gifts for him or her. Many times, the officers are able to have a low-key conversation with the child while they shop. Hopefully that will put them at ease when they talk to officers in the future. It’s hard to put a value on that kind of investment.”

Internal fundraising is taking place at the department, and monetary donations to support the “Shop With A Cop” effort are also being accepted. Donations of any amount can be dropped off or mailed to the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street to the attention of Sergeant Ricky Long.  Checks should be made payable to the Dalton Police Department.

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Dalton Man Arrested For January Car Theft

Acting on an anonymous tip, officers from the Dalton Police Department arrested 41-year old Jamie Michael Anderson Wednesday night on warrants for motor vehicle theft and financial transaction fraud. Anderson had been wanted by police since January after stealing a car in Dalton and using the victim’s credit cards to make multiple purchases. His accomplice in the crime was arrested in Fannin County later that same month.

The original incident happened on the afternoon of January 14th when a 2007 Toyota Camry that was left unlocked with the keys and the victim’s wallet inside was stolen from a parking lot on Showalter Avenue. A short time later, the victim’s bank cards were used and surveillance video of the transactions were obtained by Dalton investigators. On January 19th, pictures of two suspects were distributed by area news media outlets and the DPD’s social media accounts and multiple people called in to identify the two suspects as 34-year old Crystal Russell (aka Crystal Vanover or Crystal Nunez) and Jamie Anderson.

On the night of January 19th, the stolen Toyota Camry was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy in Fannin County who attempted to pull the vehicle over on suspicion of impaired driving. The vehicle, driven by Anderson, did not stop and led the deputy on a short pursuit. Fannin County deputies located the vehicle abandoned in a driveway a short while later and found Crystal Russell hiding nearby. She was taken into custody and was charged with motor vehicle theft and nine counts of financial transaction fraud. Anderson, however, got away. The vehicle was returned to its owner.

Wednesday night, a Dalton officer received an anonymous tip that Anderson was in a unit at the Cliffs Apartments at 824 Shugart Road. Officers went to the apartment and knocked on the door multiple times. After a short wait, Anderson appeared at the door and he was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with motor vehicle theft and also nine counts of financial transaction fraud.  He also has outstanding warrants in Fannin County.

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