published Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Police Briefs: Dog food thieves and meth charges

Dalton police seek dog food thieves

Police are searching for suspects who stole $398 worth of dog food over time from the same grocery store in Dalton, Ga.

Three people are believed to have stolen large bags of dog food three times since July from the United Grocery Outlet on Glenwood Avenue.

Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said warrants on charges of shoplifting and making false statements have been issued for suspect Jesse Bullard, 50, of 5225 Old Georgetown Trail in Cleveland, Tenn.

Police believe two accomplices were involved in thefts in July and on Feb. 4 and March 7.

The thieves placed the dog food bags in shopping carts and left when the exit was clear, Frazier said.

Video from security cameras shows a slender man with dark hair and a beard and a heavyset man wearing a striped shirt.

Anyone with information on the thefts or the identity of the thieves is asked to call Detective Brandon Carter at 706-278-9085, ext. 183.

Gordon man faces meth charges

A Gordon County, Ga., man faces drug trafficking charges after officers found about $16,000 worth of methamphetamine when they searched him Tuesday afternoon during a traffic stop, a news release states.

Jessie Tyrone Sellers, 38, of Fairmount, Ga., is charged with trafficking in meth, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and obstructing law enforcement officers, according to a release posted on the Gordon County Sheriff’s Department website.

The release states Gordon County deputies were responding to a reported county ordinance violation on Ryo Mountain Road in eastern Gordon County when they met Sellers and another man in a vehicle. The two men acted suspiciously, so deputies stopped the vehicle and approached the men, who were both armed, the release says.

When deputies searched Sellers, they found 1 1/4 ounces of meth and a bag of marijuana, authorities said. Deputies also seized the vehicle and several hundred dollars in cash.

Sellers was arrested after a brief struggle, the release says.

The second man was not arrested.

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