NWGA Scanner | August 30th, 2022

Dalton man arrested on a slew of different theft-related charges in Whitfield County

According to a separate Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 7th, 2022, at 1:32 PM, Sergeant Callahan responded to 117 Downing Street in reference to a theft. Sgt. Callahan spoke to the 73-year-old victim from Chattanooga, who spoke limited English. According to the report, “He stated on May 6th, 2022, he had been in contact with Ashley White via telephone from an ad on the Facebook marketplace about a four-wheeler for sale. The victim stated he met Aaron Keith Clark at the residence at 117 Downing Street. The victim stated he wanted to buy the four-wheeler, and a deal was agreed on for $340.00. The victim stated Mr. Clark would borrow his father’s pickup truck to haul the four-wheeler to Chattanooga for him if he paid for his gas. The victim stated Mr. Clark asked The victim to pay him the money before they left the residence on Downing street. The victim stated he paid Mr. Clark the money, and he started following him down the road to the residence at 601 Luckie street before going to Chattanooga. The victim stated that Mr. Clark began following him and then turned off on a different street, and he never spoke to him again.” When the victim asked Clark for his money back or for the four-wheeler, Clark and White began arguing about who the four-wheeler belonged. White advertised the four-wheeler on Facebook, and she was arguing the four-wheeler belonged to her and that the money belonged to her. Sgt. Callahan attempted to contact White multiple times with the phone number provided by the victim, but no contact was made. The case was then turned over to CID for further investigation.

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 29th, 2022, at 3:55 PM, Deputy Singleton responded to the Walmart located at 2545 East Walnut Avenue in regards to a Shoplifting in progress. Deputy Singleton made contact with Aaron Keith Clark, 33, of Dalton, and asked him to turn around at place his hands behind his back. According to the report, “He acted like he was going to comply and then jerked his hands away and began to run towards the exit. When this began Deputy Singleton grabbed him by the shirt and tried to detain him but the effort failed when Clark took his shirt off and continued running. While running Deputy Singleton gave Clark Several loud and clear verbal commands to stop or he would be tased. Clark did not comply with the Deputy’s directives and continued to run so Deputy Singleton got out his Department issued taser and deployed which subsequently Incapacitated Clark making him fall to the ground. At this point Deputy Singleton gave Clark several more loud and clear verbal command for Clark to put his hands behind his back to which he complied.” Clark was taken to the loss prevention office and found to be attempting to shoplift $84.88 of merchandise which was concealed on his person. Clark was found to have several warrants and was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with theft by shoplifting, simple battery against law enforcement personnel, and willful obstruction of law officers, Clark was also served two warrants one being probation warrant and criminal warrant for theft by deception. 

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On Friday, July 8th, 2022, at 6:50 PM, Officer Kell was dispatched to 533 North Glenwood Avenue (Paniagua Auto Sales) in reference to a stolen vehicle. A salesman at Paniagua stated that at approximately 4:00 PM, a male (later identified as Aaron Keith Clark, 34, Street., Dalton) arrived on the car lot, inquiring about a 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse that was parked out front. According to the report, “The victim stated after getting a copy of Aaron’s license, he gave Aaron the keys to test drive said vehicle. The victim stated after some time went by, he had realized Aaron had not returned with the vehicle. The victim stated he called the number Aaron gave him and made contact with Aaron, who stated the vehicle had broke down. The victim stated that he went to the area Aaron stated the vehicle was broke down at, but the vehicle was not there. The victim stated he called Aaron again, but he did not answer. The victim stated he then tried to call Aaron a third time and made contact with some one who stated he “Had the wrong number.” The victim then advised officers he had video of Aaron returning to Dalton Food and Tobacco located at 601 North Glenwood Avenue), across from Paniagua to retrieve the truck he arrived in, however, he showed up in a silver Mustang not the stolen Mitsubishi. Aaron would later give officers several different stories about what happened and where the vehicle was located. Warrants were obtained at a later date for Aaron’s arrest. Aaron was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, on August 4t, 2022, charged with six counts of misdemeanor shoplifting, felony theft by taking/larceny/theft of an automobile, false statement/writing/concealing facts from the government, felony theft by taking/larceny/pocket picking, felony probation violation, misdemeanor failure to appear and misdemeanor willful obstruction of law officers.

According to Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office arrest records, Aaron has a lengthy arrest record for theft related charges including burglary charges in 2009.