NWGA Scanner | May 9th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On April 17th, 2022, Officer Ridley responded to the Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road in reference to a shoplifting in progress. The complainant, a loss prevention associate, advised that he was watching security cameras of a female that had been in the store for an extended period of time, who was cutting tags off items and removing items from boxes and then concealing them in various bags she had. Officer arrived and watched a live feed video of a female, later identified as Ashley Leigh Tilson, 24, of Adairsville, walking through the store pushing a buggy. In her buggy, she had two backpacks that the associate advised were actually Walmart property, and she had a small white backpack on her back that he claimed did not belong to Walmart, so it was thought that the white bag was Tilson’s purse. According to the report, the associate showed Officer Ridley several empty boxes that had been picked up from aisles Tilson was seen in on camera stealing from. Officer Ridley reported, “Tilson can be seen removing the tag from an item on the shelf and then walking away. She then makes her way to self-checkout register #33 and begins checking out. She takes the tag that she ripped away from the item just moments prior and places it underneath one of the two backpacks in her buggy, and then scans the backpack fraudulently, using the tag from the other item to conceal the actual tag of the backpack. Tilson continues checking out and is never seen opening the backpacks and removing items from them to scan or make an attempt to pay for them. She then places the two backpacks that were in her buggy in a plastic bag and begins to leave the store.” Officer O’Neal made contact with Tilson after she walked past all points of sale. When asked what was going on today, Tilson slumped her head and stated that she, “Just wanted to get something nice for her babies.” Tilson admitted to shoplifting and taking everything. While searching Tilson, an officer located meth in her possession. Tilson claimed that it was Kool-Aid mix. The Walmart associate advised that the total value of all the items Tilson stole would be well over $500.00. She had taken 85 items that were valued accumulatively at $537.82, before tax. Tilson was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with felony shoplifting and possession of a schedule II drug.