NWGA Scanner | February 24th, 2021

Dalton men arrested on theft charges after stealing mail and packages from Whitfield County homes

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Jail reports, Justin Alexander Blue, 24, of Dalton, was charged Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with fourth-degree forgery, misdemeanor theft by receiving stolen property, misdemeanor failure to appear and two counts of misdemeanor theft by taking (larceny). Anthony Haden Blue, 48, of Dalton, was charged Saturday, February 20th, 2021, by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of misdemeanor theft by taking from the mail, felony theft by taking from mail, and first-degree forgery. According to the incident report on December 14th, 2020, at approximately 2:22 PM, a deputy was dispatched to check the area of Upper Ridge Road for a suspicious white mini-van checking mailboxes for mail instead of dropping mail off. The caller advised the deputy that the vehicle was a white mini-van that was driving with its hazard lights on and stopping at mailboxes. At first glance, it would appear to be a mail carrier at work; however, once the van had stopped, a passenger from the back would get out and open the mailboxes to look inside. This occupant did not place any mail inside the boxes. The woman described the occupants inside the van to the deputy. Several days earlier, the deputy had already completed a report for an address on Bassett Drive about mail being stolen from a mailbox. At 3:37 PM, someone from Sane Road contacted 911 to advise them that a white Chrysler Town and Country Van with the tag number of RXC6079 had stolen some of his mail. The deputy responded and met with the victim. The victim explained that he had just put two checks into his mailbox to be paid to Murray County Hospital. The victim watched the suspects in the van collect the items from his mailbox then continue to his neighbor’s box. The observant victim knew what was going on and followed the van in his truck to attempt to get his stolen mail back. Once the van had stopped at the red light at Sane Road and Airport Road, the victim said that he parked his truck in front of it and got out to confront the driver of the van. The van sped off toward Airport Road and Tibbs Road as the victim was approaching. The van struck the victim’s truck. The victim gave a detailed description of the suspects in the van. At around 4:56 PM, a deputy responded to the address that the tag returned to further investigate. Deputies located the van in question parked at the residence. Deputies located two stolen mail packages inside the van that were addressed to a woman on Dug Gap Road and to another woman on Mayo Street. Both stolen packages were open. Deputies made contact with Justin and Anthony Blue along with several other people. All subjects at the residence said they didn’t know about the mail or how it got in the van. On December 15th, at approximately 9:19 AM, The victim from Sane Road had spotted a pile of mail on the side of Keith Mill Road near Dale Singleton Drive. Deputies located the mail, which appeared to have been dumped there along with trash. Most mails had been opened, and some contents were no longer present. The addresses for the mail present were from locations on Ridge Road, Upper Ridge Road, Sane Road, Swallow Way, Cedar Ridge Road, and Leonard Bridge Road. The items were linked back to the van that deputies had searched the day before on Dixie Highway. All items of mail were collected and turned over to evidence for detectives to look at. The case remained active for detectives to continue the investigation until they obtained warrants for both Justin and Anthony Blue. More arrests related to this case could be expected.