NWGA Scanner | January 21st, 2021

Resaca man arrested after stealing Dollar General employee’s wallet from behind counter

According to a Whitfield County sheriff’s Office incident report, on Thursday, January 14th, 2021, at around 11:52 AM, a deputy responded to 3441 Corporate Drive in reference to a theft report. The woman stated she was working the register at Dollar General when she placed her wallet on the counter on the cashier’s side. She stated she walked away from the register for a moment. While she was away, a white male wearing a light colored jacket and a black Misfits jacket approached the counter. The unknown male was later identified as Kenneth Long, 44, of Resaca. Long noticed her wallet unattended on the counter. Long snatched it and concealed it on his person. The victim then returned to the cash register and allowed Long to conduct his business without knowing he had taken her wallet. When she realized it had been taken, she immediately called 911. Employees showed the deputy video footage of the incident and the individual who took her wallet. The deputy reported the footage was well enough to be able to obtain a good description and view of Long’s face. The deputy gathered all of the needed information and went back into service. While the deputy was headed north on South Dixie Highway after leaving the Dollar General, he observed a white male who matched the individual in the video footage in the passenger seat of a blue 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander. The deputy initiated a traffic stop to attempt to identify the passenger. The deputy ran the tag just before the traffic stop. The vehicle returned with an expired tag and an unknown insurance status. The deputy approached the passenger and immediately noticed that he looked very similar to the suspect from the theft. The deputy asked Long if the Dollar General would have video footage of him taking a wallet from the store. Long stated that he picked one up off the floor, then corrected himself and said counter. He then stated that he did not know who it belonged to, but it was not his. Long was then placed under arrest. While the deputy was searching Long once more, he discovered multiple cards with the victim’s name on them. The deputy later met with the victim, who looked through all of the items and stated everything was there. The driver was issued a written warning for Expired Registration and issued a citation for No Insurance. The vehicle was towed from the scene for no insurance. Long was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he was charged with theft by taking.