Dalton man arrested on 12 counts of theft, burglary

Dalton man arrested on 12 counts of theft, burglary

December 18th, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Dalton police have arrested a man in connection with an alleged string of thefts in the region.

Around 2:30 a.m. Friday, Officer Stephen Pendergrass saw a red GMC Sierra pickup truck with its bed covered on West Walnut Avenue. He ran the license plate, according to an incident report, and saw that the vehicle matched the description of one belonging to 47-year-old Donald Wilhite, who was a suspect in several thefts.

Pendergrass wrote in his report that officers were alerted to Wilhite's activity prior to the shift Friday.

Pendergrass watched him pull into the Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Walnut Avenue, called for backup and handcuffed Wilhite. Officers booked him in the Whitfield County Jail on 11 counts of theft, three counts of trespassing and one count of burglary.

Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier said he was not sure Monday of all of the thefts Wilhite allegedly committed. But Frazier provided the Times Free Press with an incident report from Nov. 7, when a worker at Arevelo's Tires complained that Wilhite posed as a customer before stealing an impact wrench.

Surveillance video showed Wilhite committing the theft, according to the report. The wrench cost about $200.