NWGA Scanner | August 5th, 2022
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On July 9th, 2022, at 11:56 am, Officers responded to the Walmart located at 815 Shugart Road in reference to a felony shoplifting in progress. The loss prevention associate stated a white male and white female had been inside the store for a few hours and had stolen several electronic items worth several hundred dollars. Before officers arrived on the scene, the suspects fled the scene in a 1982 Ford Van with a TN tag. Video the male suspect, later identified as Nicholas Antonio Parker, 42, Cleveland, Tennessee, requesting items from locked containers in the electronics store. Parker met up with the female, later identified as Caitlin Stanley, 24, and they both went toward the front. Parker distracted the employee at the door, checking receipts while Stanley bolted out the door with the stolen items. Parker and Stanley are then seen on video, quickly throwing the stolen items into the van and fleeing the parking lot. Officer Lewis spotted the van in the Academy parking lot and found Stanley inside the van. He detained her and leaned that Parker was inside of the store. Officer Walker, Officer Selby, and Officer Cruz went inside the store and detained Parker. Parker immediately stated he did not steal any items from the store and that Stanley was pushing the shopping cart. Officer Walker reported, “[I] confronted him about him purposefully distracting the employee from allowing the female suspect to walk through the exit without being noticed. He advised that he was asking where Academy Sports was.” Officer Learned that Parker had two active warrants. One through Catoosa County (probation warrant – DUI) and another through Bradley County, TN (felony probation warrant – burglary). Both agencies wished to serve their warrants and place a hold. Stanley then gave officers her sister’s name because she that she also had a warrant. Stanley admitted to stealing the electronic items from Walmart. During the search of the van, officers located the stolen items and meth. The stolen items were valued at $865.29. the items included an LG monitor $229.00, JBL speaker $354.00, Jumper cables/battery charger $96.98 Radar/laser detector $129.00. The loss prevention associate advised that Parker was a suspect in several felony shoplifting cases across the region. Stanley was released from the scene due to the Whittled County Jail not accepting her. Warrants for Stanley were obtained for the charges of theft by shoplifting (felony), false name and date of birth, possession of meth, and possession of drug-related objects. Parker was charged with theft by shoplifting (felony) and fugitive from justice.