NWGA Scanner | May 2nd, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on April 23rd, 2021, at approximately 5:33 PM, a deputy responded to the Walmart located at 2545 East Walnut Ave in reference to shoplifting. The deputy met with the loss prevention associate who had Jason Lamar Patton, 41, of Cohutta, in the office. The associate advised that Patton had taken a hat and sunglasses from the display, then removed the price tags and wore them while attempting to exit the store without paying. Patton could be seen on camera doing this. When Patton attempted to leave the store, the loss prevention personnel confronted him. Patton then moved over to the check-out area and asked customers to pay for the items he had. Patton had also received prior notice from the Walmart Supercenter that his entry was forbidden. On April 4th, 2020, Patton signed a copy of a Notification of Restriction from Property form, which prohibited him from entering Walmart property. On 08/31/2020, Sgt. Dalton encountered Patton at the same Walmart, which resulted in Patton being charged and arrested for trespassing. Patton stated that he didn’t know he could not be in the store and thought it was resolved when he went to court for trespassing. Per Sgt. Dalton’s report, Patton stated the same thing to him during that arrest. Patton advised that he was going to find someone to pay for the items he shoplifted, though the price tag was removed from them. Patton was placed under arrest for trespassing and shoplifting. On Patton’s person were two items of merchandise from the store that he had concealed in his pockets (Hech Fusion watch and Fixodent). Patton also had a prescription bottle with a woman’s name on it. Patton advised that it was his mother’s medicine and that he is holding onto it to return to her. Patton was transported to the Whitfield County jail charged with criminal trespass, theft by shoplifting, possession of a schedule II, possession of a schedule IV, and drugs to be kept in the original container.