NWGA Scanner | November 12th, 2021
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on October 25th, 2021, Officer McBrayer responded to the Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road in reference to a shoplifting in progress. Officer was advised the shoplifter was fleeing from loss prevention. According to the report, Lt. Bishop, who was actively patrolling the area, observed the vehicle leaving the area of Walmart. He then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, James Baker, 51, of Dalton. According to the report, Officer McBrayer learned that there was a redshirt taken from this location. Baker also admitted to being trespassed from Walmart in the past due to shoplifting. The $19.88 in value shirt was then located. The loss prevention associate advised that Baker walked out of the grocery entrance with the item concealed, and he then fled from them on foot to his vehicle. Baker did not make any attempt to pay for the item that he concealed on his person. Officer Bell transported Baker to the Whitfield County Jail. According to the report, “He also completed a criminal history report on Baker. Upon checking the criminal history, we located at least three shoplifting convictions in the past.” With this being the fourth offense, Officer McBrayer charged Baker with felony shoplifting based on the code section. Baker was also charged with criminal trespass.