NWGA Scanner | April 19th, 2021

Atlanta man runs from Dalton police officers after shoplifting $1,000 in hoverboards from Walmart

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on April 13th, 2021, at approximately 9:36 PM, DPD officers responded to the Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road in reference to a shoplifting in progress. Officers arrived and met with the Walmart loss prevention associate in the loss prevention office. The associate showed officers a live surveillance video of a black male later identified as Amadau Tidiane Ba, 24, of Atlanta, wearing a maroon shirt and black pants pushing a shopping cart containing several high-end hoverboards. Ba was standing near the fire exit door, which leads to the garden center. Officer Gilreath reported, “[I] observed Ba kick the door open and pushed the shopping cart out into the garden center.” Officer Gilreath and Officer Walker ran to the exit of the garden center in an attempt to stop Ba from leaving the scene with the unpaid merchandise. Officers observed Ba leaving the garden center and running into the parking lot. Officers yelled to Ba, “Police, stop” Ba then looked at officers and took off running, leaving the shopping cart behind. Officers chased Ba to the rear of Walmart, where he then ran into the woods located between Walmart and the Stone Brooke Apartments located on Heathcliff Drive. Several officers arrived at the apartments in an attempt to locate Ba. While officers were searching for Ba, he attempted to sneak past officers when officers spotted him again and started another foot pursuit. Officers apprehended Ba without any incident and placed him in handcuffs. A set of keys were found on Ba’s person as well as a cell phone. Officer Cook transported Ba to the Whitfield County Jail. The associate advised there were nine hoverboards in the shopping cart totaling a value of $1,307.54. The associate also helped officers locate the vehicle he arrived in. The vehicle was a white 2012 Ford Fusion with a Texas temp tag. Due to the felony amount Ba was attempting to shoplift, officers had the vehicle towed to the impound lot for further investigation. Officer McBrayer obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. The officer located a large hamper of clothes with tags from Marshalls and a tv in the vehicle. The report stated officers would also attempt to obtain a search warrant on Ba’s cell phone for further investigation. Ba was booked into the jail, charged with felony theft by shoplifting, possession of a schedule 1 substance, loitering/prowling, and misdemeanor willful obstruction of law officers. As of Monday, Ba is being held in the Whitfield County Jail with no bond.