Shoplifting suspect, 85, flees police at Home Depot; explicit video on social media gets police complaint

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Fayetteville police have taken warrants on a Newnan man following a Nov. 17 shoplifting incident at a Fayette Pavilion retailer.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said officers on Nov. 17 were dispatched to the Home Depot at the Fayette Pavilion in reference to an alleged theft.

“Dispatch provided police with a description of the alleged suspect involved in the alleged theft. Police were told the suspect was at the customer service desk, allegedly attempting to return items for cash for merchandise they did not purchase,” Burdett said.

Burdett said a Home Depot Loss Prevention Officer informed police the suspect then left the store without paying for merchandise in a shopping cart.

“The officer approached the suspect and gave verbal commands to stop, but the suspect entered their vehicle, abandoning the merchandise in the shopping cart and fleeing the parking lot in the vehicle,” said Burdett.

The patrol officer subsequently obtained a criminal warrant for the alleged suspect, identified as 85-year-old Newnan resident George William Fineran.

In another incident, Burdett said Fayetteville police on Nov. 17 were dispatched to take the report of alleged explicit content being put on social media.

Police met with the complainant, who said a subject allegedly posted an explicit video of them without their consent on social media after Sept. 12, Burdett said.

The officer verified the information provided by the complainant and obtained a witness statement, Burdett added.

The case was turned over to the Fayetteville Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation.