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DPD Investigates Theft Of Purse, Fraud

UPDATE (1/5/2017) More pictures have been released of the suspect in this case.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a woman who stole a purse from a shopping cart at Walmart after apparently trying to cash checks written to other people. The suspect was recorded on store surveillance.

The incident happened around noon on December 26th at the Shugart Road Walmart location. The victim left her purse sitting in the front of her shopping cart while browsing the store. When the victim decided to leave without buying anything, she realized that her purse was missing. The purse contained approximately $100 in cash as well as the victim’s bank cards, a check book, and the victim’s AARP card. A review of the store’s surveillance shows a white female take the victim’s purse from her cart before leaving the store quickly. The woman left in a white early-to-mid-2000’s Ford Focus which was parked in one of the handicapped spots near the store entrance. The suspect has shoulder length brown hair that was pulled back in a ponytail and she wore a long-sleeved shirt with green sleeves and jeans.

Further investigation of the store’s surveillance system showed the suspect going to the Customer Service Center before the theft. The suspect attempted to cash a $4,000 check and an $8,000 check that were made out to two different people, but the clerk refused to cash the checks because the suspect’s ID was not for either name. The suspect presented a Georgia ID to the clerk, who did not remember the name. The clerk told an investigator that one of the checks was likely a social security check.

Anyone who can identify this suspect or who has any information about this crime is asked to please contact Detective Jacob Burger at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 325.

Below: The suspect pictured on a store surveillance video

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DPD Investigating Shoplifting From Kohl’s

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying two women who shoplifted shoes and merchandise from the Kohl’s department store on December 21st. The women were recorded by store surveillance.

 

The incident happened at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon. Three women approached a store employee and stated that they wanted to return an item that had been purchased from a Kohl’s location in Missouri. Two of the women went into a dressing room for several minutes. After they came back out, the trio quickly left the store and drove off in a silver four door Chevrolet passenger car. Loss prevention immediately checked the dressing room and found empty boxes and security tags left on the floor. Store employees determined that the two women stole Converse shoes, a bracelet, and other unknown items.

 

The suspects are both white females. One was slender and had dark hair pulled back in a pony tail. The second female was heavy set with shoulder length dark hair and sunglasses worn on top of her head. The third woman who was with the two suspects in the store had pink hair and wore a pink shirt and jeans. Pictures of the two suspects and their vehicle are included with this release.

 

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects is asked to please contact Officer Serena Martin by dialing 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 240 or by email at smartin@cityofdalton-ga.gov.

Below: The two suspects and their vehicle as recorded by store surveillance

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Beware Phone Scammers Posing As Dalton Utilities, Georgia Power

The Dalton Police Department is again warning residents to beware of phone scammers. The police department has received reports of phone scammers posing as representatives of Dalton Utilities in recent days. In an unusual twist on usual phone scams of this type, in at least two of the cases, the phone scammer instructed the potential victim to meet in person at a location in Dalton instead of giving payment information by phone or by loading money onto a prepaid credit card.

Dalton Utilities has warned residents several times in recent days to beware of phone scammers. The police department has received complaints of phone scammers calling claiming to be from both Georgia Power and also Dalton Utilities and demanding payment to avoid disconnection. These phone scammers typically demand payment either by taking credit card information over the phone or by instructing victims to go to a store and to load money onto a prepaid “green dot” credit card. However, on at least two occasions, a phone scammer calling from the number 800-973-8007 has instructed a potential victim to go to a specific location with cash to pay the bill and to load a prepaid card at that location. The scammers gave addresses of 1247 Walnut Avenue (which is a Walgreen’s) and 701 Georgia Avenue (which does not appear to exist). No utility company, government agency, or legitimate business will ever demand that you meet with them in person to settle a bill in cash, nor will they demand that you load funds onto a prepaid card.

The Dalton Police Department is investigating these reports.

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DPD Investigating Graffiti Tags

The Dalton Police Department is investigating a recent rash of graffiti “tagging” on buildings in the East Dalton area. Investigators are asking for information from the public regarding what the tags might mean and who is responsible for the vandalism.

 

The tags have shown up in recent weeks on old storefronts and building walls in the area of Fifth Avenue and Long Street. Investigators believe the tags are intended to be artistic in nature. Investigators with the police department’s gang unit don’t believe the tags are gang related because they lack common symbols or expressions usually found in gang graffiti. The new tags all appear to be similar to each other and feature bubble-type lettering. Pictures of the graffiti tags are included with below. 

 

Anyone with information about these tags or the person or persons responsible is asked to contact Detective Chris Tucker at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 165.

Below: Pictures of the graffiti tags

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DPD Adds Two New Officers

Two new Dalton police officers were confirmed by unanimous vote of the Public Safety Commission at Tuesday morning’s monthly meeting. Officers Larry Johnson and Stephen Pendergrass were both confirmed by a 3-0 vote of the commission (members Keith Whitworth and Kenneth Willis did not attend the meeting).

Officer Stephen Pendergrass is a 2002 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from American Military University in 2013. He served 10 years in the United States Army before joining the police department. Officer Pendergrass has already distinguished himself during his training for his role with the department, earning the Academic Award from the police academy as the top academic performer in his class.

Officer Larry Johnson is a 2012 graduate of Dade County High School and he holds an associate’s degree from Chattanooga State Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Dalton State College which he earned earlier this year.

Both officers graduated from the police academy last week and will now begin the Dalton Police Department’s Field Training Officer program, in which they will ride with and be evaluated by experienced mentor officers. They will receive their DPD badges in a ceremony at the Police Services Center on Wednesday.

Below: New officers Stephen Pendergrass (left) and Larry Johnson (right) pose with Chief Jason Parker during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission.

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DPD Takes Kids To Shop With A Cop

It’s not unusual for Dalton officers to assist outside agencies with various investigations or missions. It is pretty unusual, however, for our officers to be called to help out agencies from the North Pole. On Saturday, a team of DPD officers volunteered their time for what might be the most special mission we’ll undertake all year: help Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick make the Christmas season special for 12 special kids from Dalton.

Saturday morning, a group of volunteers led 12 kids selected by officials with the Dalton Public Schools through the Walmart on Shugart Road armed with gift cards purchased with money raised by Dalton officers over the past two months. The officers were joined by staff from Walmart and Santa Claus himself who greeted the kids and posed for a lot of pictures and even handed out some hugs.

Some of the kids were overwhelmed by the chance to pick out whatever toys and gifts they wanted. Others were on a mission from the start with a plan in mind. Bicycles, action figures, clothes, and toys of all kinds flew off of the shelves while police officers pushed carts and kept a running total to make sure the shoppers stayed within their gift card total. And instead of focusing solely on themselves, most of the kids also picked up gifts for parents and siblings.

The Dalton Police Department would like to thank Odell and Johnnie Riddle, Delta Spa Nails, Inc,, Ronnie and Pat Spence, Darren and Jamie Webb, John Crider, Susan Maret, Stephen and Sandra Cantrell, Johnson Family Investments (Turbo Tire and Johnson’s Tire), Lois Robinson, Bent Creek Sales, Inc., Summit Packaging, inc., SRT Machinery, Inc., Daryl and Teresa Williams, and the Elrod Family for their generous donations to the Shop With A Cop fundraising effort. In addition, we thank everyone else who donated money or time to the effort. We also want to extend special thanks to the team at the Shugart Road Walmart who made it a special day for the kids and also kicked in an additional $1,500 on top of the money officers raised from the other donors.

Below: Pictures from the Shop With A Cop event. To see more pictures from the event, click here to see a photo gallery on the DPD Facebook page.

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DPD Arrests Man In Church Burglary

The Dalton Police Department served 22-year old Barry Hunter Flood with an arrest warrant Tuesday on charges related to a church burglary that occurred in November. Flood was served with the warrant at the Whitfield County Jail after he was extradited from Madisonville, Kentucky.

The burglary happened at the First United Methodist Church at 500 South Thornton Avenue during the early morning hours of November 21st. Barry Hunter Flood was recorded on surveillance cameras entering the church during the daycare area entrance shortly after midnight. Flood 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. Flood stole a laptop computer and also vandalized a dry erase board and a sign-in sheet for the daycare before leaving at approximately 3:00 am.

Pictures of Flood from the church’s surveillance system were posted on social media sites online and distributed by area news media outlets, and tips regarding Flood’s identity were called in to Dalton Detective Brian Shirley. Detective Shirley investigated and interviewed Flood on November 30th. During the course of the investigation, Detective Shirley developed enough evidence to charge Flood with the crime and sought a warrant for his arrest. Before the warrant was obtained, however, Flood left town on a bus bound for Oregon. Dalton investigators were able to have police in Madisonville, Kentucky intercept him when his bus made a stop there and he was placed under arrest. He was returned to the Dalton area on Tuesday and charged in connection with the case.

Flood is charged with one count of burglary in the 2nd degree, one count of vandalism of a place of worship, and one count of making false statements to a police officer.

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DPD Honors Officers, Staff With Annual Awards

The Dalton Police Department named Lieutenant Chip Whitfield as its Officer of the Year at the agency’s annual Christmas Dinner on December 10th. Criminal Investigations Division Secretary Maria Montejano was honored as the department’s non-sworn Employee of the Year. Both awards were voted on by agency employees.

Lt. Whitfield was nominated thanks to being honored as an Officer of the Month earlier in 2016 after he helped to save a boy who nearly drowned at an area pool. While at the pool off-duty, Lt. Whitfield performed CPR on the boy until help could arrive. Ms. Montejano was nominated by officers for her outstanding support of CID detectives, often helping with translation with Spanish speakers in interviews and serving as a composite sketch artist. Both the Officer of the Year and Employee of the Year were presented with $250 gifts donated by Julian Peeples’ Funeral Home.

Also at Friday night’s awards dinner, four officers were honored with the department’s Innovation In Police Services Award. Lieutenants Jamie Johnson, Matthew Locke, Shaun Scott, and Mike Wilson were all presented with the honor by Captain Chris Cooke.

The Leadership Award was presented to Lieutenant Matthew Locke.

Each of the four Division Commanders in the agency also present a special award to one outstanding member of their staff. Officer Mollie Parker was honored with the Patrol Division Commander’s Award. Detective Aaron Simpson was honored with the Criminal Investigation Division Commander’s Award. Officer Brandon Daugherty was honored with the Support Services Division Commander’s Award. And Certification/Accreditation Manager Tonya Baker was presented with the Administration Division Commander’s Award.

Officer Solomon Douhne was presented an award as the Traffic Safety Officer Of The Year.

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Applications Open For 2017 DPD Citizens Police Academy

If you want to learn more about the Dalton Police Department or law enforcement in general, now is your chance. Applications are now being accepted for the Dalton Police Department’s popular Citizens Police Academy program. The agency’s 25th Citizens Police Academy will start February 28th, 2017.

The Citizens Academy will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 for 10 weeks (Feb. 28th – May 2nd) at the Dalton Police Services Center. A graduation banquet will be held the following week on May 9th. During the course of the program, participants will get an up close look at every aspect of the police department’s operation.

In addition to classroom sessions covering each of the department’s three divisions and each specialized unit within the agency, the course also gives participants chances to experience policing in the real world. Among the real world experiences offered by the program is a chance to spend one night at the county firing range to test fire all of the department’s weapons. The academy also provides each participant a chance to ride along with a patrol officer for a shift.

Each session of the academy is taught by members of the Dalton Police Department and also subject matter experts from other agencies. While you won’t be an officer at the end of the ten week program, you’ll know a lot more about police work than you ever thought possible.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old.  Background checks will be performed on all applicants.  Please note that completion of the course does not certify a participant as a police officer.  To apply, simply pick up an application form at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street.  You can also apply online at daltonpd.com/cpa2017 or call Officer Brandon Daugherty at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 282.

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DPD Investigating Car Theft

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying two men who may be able to provide information on a recent car theft. The two men were recorded on surveillance near a stolen vehicle just after it was ditched at a Dalton service station.

The car theft happened on the morning of November 15th at a home on Alice Court in Dalton. The victim walked out to his car, a blue 2006 Nissan Sentra, and started the engine to warm up the car. He then went back inside to finish getting ready for work. When he returned approximately fifteen minutes later, the car was gone. The stolen car was recovered later the same day at the BP service station at 1133 Airport Road.  A review of surveillance video from the store shows the car being parked at 11:33 am, pulling out of view of the camera. Less than a minute later, two white men walk from the area where the car was parked and go into the store. After spending a few minutes in the store, the two men left on foot walking in the opposite direction from where they came, heading south towards Tibbs Bridge Road on Airport Road.

Surveillance video does not show suspects getting out of the stolen vehicle because it was parked outside the view of the video camera so the two men are not necessarily considered suspects in this case. Investigators are hoping they may have seen something that could provide information about the suspects. Both men appear to be in their 20s. One man had some facial hair and wore a brown jacket and a throwback Atlanta Braves baseball cap with a lower case “a” logo. The second man wore a very bright neon green shirt. Pictures of both men are included with this release.

Anyone who recognizes these men or anyone with information on this case is asked to please contact Detective Sam Eaton at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 158.

Below: The two men on store surveillance.

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