Police arrest 2 in Home Depot parking lot for organized retail theft


What appeared to be a group effort to rob shoppers over the weekend was thwarted by Peachtree City police.

According to reports, officers responded Nov. 25 to Home Depot due to reports of two males wearing all black who were walking around the parking lot, possibly looking into vehicles. Upon arrival and investigation, four people were identified as parties in an organized retail theft in progress.

Two people — Cathy Travis, 42, of Gay; and Willie Wilson, 37, of Gay — were arrested for shoplifting, possession of controlled substances, and obstruction, according to the police report. Both were listed on the county jail log as facing a felony count of financial identity fraud.

Elsewhere in Peachtree City, officers were dispatched Nov. 22 to Kroger in reference to a possible fake prescription. The suspect was identified and subsequently arrested for attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by a forged prescription.

Jerrell Cullins, 34, of College Park faces a felony charge of forgery in the first degree and is also charged with obtaining drugs by fraud, according to the Fayette County Jail log.

A separate call Nov. 22 sent officers to Home Depot, where a shoplifter was located and identified. Brandon Fannin, 67, of Rex was arrested for felony theft by shoplifting, which means the amount allegedly stolen is valued at more than $500.

An officer was on general patrol Nov. 24 in the area of Hwy. 54 and Sumner Road and checked on an occupied vehicle in a closed business parking lot. The ensuing investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and also in possession of methamphetamine.

Marco Gonzales-Lopez, 27, of Fayetteville was arrested on a felony drug charge as well as DUI of alcohol and driving without a valid license or registration.

A call came in from Walmart Nov. 24 in reference to criminal trespass. At the scene it was confirmed that the suspect had an active criminal trespass warning. Teresa Noble, 67, was arrested and taken to jail.

A traffic stop Nov. 25 at Hwy. 54 and Ebenezer Road revealed that the driver was operating under the influence of alcohol and also in possession of a THC vape pen. Kenneth Graham, 27, of Fayetteville was arrested on a felony drug charge along with DUI of alcohol and failure to maintain lane.

A driver who was not supposed to be driving was betrayed by an expired tag. A traffic stop was conducted Nov. 24 at Hwy. 74 and Kedron Road due to the tag, and the driver was found to be driving on a suspended license for failure to appear. Tyrique Pope, 23, was arrested and taken to Fayette County Jail.