NWGA Scanner | December 15th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on November 29th, 2021, at around 6:41 PM, Officer Hughes responded to the Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road in reference to a shoplifting in progress. While en route to the location, the officer was advised the suspect was named Dexter Greene, 35, of Dalton. The officer was also advised Greene had been stopped at the location prior for shoplifting and was banned from the property. The loss prevention associate. Showed Officer Hughes live video of Greene in the store walking around. He advised Greene had concealed a flashlight. Officer Hughes reported, “[I] asked the associate if he wanted to go stop Mr. Greene on the sales floor since he was already banned from the store? He advised me he had to wait until he passed all points of sale since he had concealed the flashlight. Officer Bethune arrived at the location as well to assist. We stayed in the loss control office, watching Mr. Greene on all the security monitors. Mr. Greene went to a self-checkout stand and began scanning items. As Mr. Greene was placing the items he had scanned in a shopping bag, he was placing additional items in the bag he had not scanned. After Mr. Greene had placed all the items in a bag, he began swiping a credit card or gift card as a method of payment. This method of payment did not work. Mr. Greene made no effort to get any assistance from any employees with the card not working. He also did not try a different method of payment. Mr. Greene picked up the bag of items and left.” Mr. Greene was then placed under arrest. The officer did locate the flashlight in his pocket that the associate advised was the initial item he observed Greene conceal. Greene admitted the flashlight belonged to Walmart. The items stolen had a value of $68. 64. According to the report, “Greene made the statement he was down on his luck as being the reason for stealing.” Greene was also banned from the store after shoplifting on October 19th, 2021. Greene was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with theft by shoplifting second offense and criminal trespass.