NWGA Scanner | October 2nd, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On September 18th, 2022, at 10:00 AM, Officer Greer was dispatched to 1000 East Morris Street, Tienda La Davina, in reference to a broken front window and burglary. Sgt. Parker, Officer Walker, and Officer Greer met with the caller. According to the report, “The front window of the business had been broken and items were missing from the front window display as well. Officers entered through the door and cleared the business, and nobody was found inside. While clearing the business, we observed that the showcases that contained various things, from jewelry to medication, looked to have been stolen. The sliding doors on the backs of the cases were open, and jewelry was gone.” After securing the business officer called detectives to the scene to investigate further. The victim was able to get a video showing the suspect entering the business at 5:42 AM. The victim was also able to find footage of the suspect in the store the day before on September 17th, 2022. The victim also observed in the burglary video that the suspect had taken the Ipad. She was able to provide the serial number for the iPad, which was entered into GCIC as stolen.
According to a separate incident report, on September 21st, 2022, at 9:00 AM, Officer Johnson was dispatched to 1218 North Thornton Avenue, La Curva, for a burglary. Officers arrived and observed the front door was heavily damaged. Officer Johnson reported that the cash register was broken into as well. Dalton CID (criminal investigation division) was contacted and reasoned to the scene to investigate further.
According to a separate incident report, On September 21st, 2022, at 7:49 AM, Officer Murdoch responded to Circle K at 1200 North Glenwood Ave in reference to a theft that occurred at 1:45 AM. The victim advised she got off from work the night before and was tired from working and accidentally left her wallet on the counter. She called and had another employee move it off the counter for her. Officer Murdoch reviewed the video from the store. At around 1:45 AM, a male subject later identified as Alberto Daniel Rodriguez, 21, 900 Cascade Drive-2, Dalton, approached the counter inside the store. Alberto asked the employee some questions and was watching where the employee was very close. When the employee went out of sight, Rodriguez quickly reached over the counter and snatched the victim’s wallet. The wallet had her birth certificate, social security card, and several credit cards. The wallet also contained the social security card and birth certificate of her son and wife. After further investigation by detectives, Rodriguez was identified by Detective Kumnick.
According to the separate incident report, Rodriguez was located and brought to the Dalton Police Department to be interviewed concerning several burglaries and theft cases in and around the Dalton area. Rodriguez acknowledged that he understood his rights and began speaking to detectives about these various incidents. According to the report, during a consent search of his backpack, detectives located a stolen wallet from the theft at the Circle K convenience store. According to the report, “When asked about this wallet, Mr. Rodriguez admitted snatching it from the counter at the Circle K.” Detectives also located a check made out in the amount of $2,225.00. Mr. Rodriguez uttered that the check belonged to a girl and that he had taken it in hopes of cashing it at a later date. At 8:30 PM, Dalton police Department Detectives executed a search warrant at Rodriguez’s residence at 900 Cascade Drive-2, Dalton. During this time, detectives discovered items and/or documents relating to several theft and burglary cases. Officers located wallets, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, visas, capital one credit cards, and various gas cards all belonging to several victims. They also discovered four more checks written out to Alberto Rodriguez for various amounts. All items recovered by DPD were returned to the victims. Rodriguez was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with misdemeanor theft by taking/larceny/other, two counts of burglary (forced entry, dwelling), fourth-degree forgery (checks), possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and criminal trespass of property without permission and by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with parole violation.
According to arrest records in 2020, Rodriguez, who was 19 at the time, was charged with aggravated assault (gun), use of a firearm by a convicted felon during a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In July 2022, Rodriguez was charged by the Dalton Police Department with felony theft by taking/larceny/theft of a vehicle, misdemeanor theft by taking/larceny/pocket picking, misdemeanor theft by taking/larceny, and misdemeanor willful obstruction of law officers.