TPD Blotter - Feb. 11 - 24

Updated: May 16

Toccoa Police Department incidents and arrests reports for the past two weeks include multiple shoplifting incidents and a cruelty to animals investigation.



Incident: Officer dispatched to a burglary in progress on Spring Street, where evidence of squatters was found, along with stolen items. Investigation ongoing with no known suspects.


Incident: Officer dispatched to Glendale Street regarding report of shoplifting. Subject is visible on security video leaving store with item. Suspect unidentified.

Incident: Officer responded to Doyle Street Ball Field regarding a criminal trespass complaint. Officer notified that a concession stand had been damaged.

Incident: Officer received walk-in report at Police Department regarding an Apple Watch that was taken from a residents unlocked vehicle during the night of 2/8 or morning of 2/9.

Incident: Officer met with subject regarding threats made. Subject referred to Magistrate’s Office.


Incident: Officer responded to Morgan Street regarding a dog left inside a vehicle. Dog was turned over to animal control.


Incident: Officer stopped and questioned a subject who matched the description of a burglary suspect. Subject cleared from the burglary incident, but was arrested and charged with DUI.

Arrest: Wade, Douglas W, 26, – Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Incident: Officer spoke with Walmart Asset Protection Officer regarding theft of televisions on 2/9 and 2/12. Officer was shown surveillance video of subject, who recognized the individual as someone who was currently in the store.

Arrest: Bensch, Derrick B., 30, – 2 counts theft by shoplifting


Incident: Officer responded to Henrietta Street in reference to a report of a dog being shot with a bb gun. Suspect admitted to shooting his neighbor’s kid’s dog because it was in his yard.

City Ordinance Citation: Key, Robert D, 25 – Disorderly conduct

City Ordinance Citation: Epps, Andrew T, 35 – leash law violation

Incident: Officer dispatched to a call for assistance on Andrews Court where a male subject advised that his girlfriend took his belongings from her apartment and left. Female subject was contacted and property returned to him without further incident.

Incident: Officer responded to Myrtle Street in responded to a report of harassment.

Incident: Officer, while on patrol, discovered an open door on a maintenance building at Doyle Street Ball Park. It did not appear anyone had been inside.


Incident: Officer responded to a walk in report from a lady who said she had been to the bank earlier in the day and withdrawn a large sum of money (exact amount unknown) and had subsequently stopped for gas at Raceway on Big A Road. She reported that she went inside to pay for he gas, and when she got back to the car, the envelope containing the cash was missing.


Incident: Officer made contact with individual behind Tractor Supply off Big A Road who stated he was homeless and living in his van in Lavonia. Subject acknowledged having been in the garbage dumpster behind the business. He was advised to not be in or around closed businesses. Another individual was also spoken to in the same area and was checked for warrants and released.

Incident: Officer dispatched to Hilltop Way where an argument between juvenile siblings had begun to get violent.

Incident: Officer responded to Stephen Drive in response to a report of a domestic dispute where one individual had entered a female’s residence without permission and refused to leave. An argument ensued and a bystander had called 911. Male was taken into custody, barred from residence, and later released.


Incident: Officer dispatched to Persimmon Street in reference to threats.

Incident: Officer responded to a walk-in report of a lost wallet.

Incident: Officer responded to Walmart regarding a report of shoplifting.

Arrest: Dalton, Stormy B., 22, – Theft by Shoplifting


Incident: Officer dispatched to Hilltop Lane in reference to a report of fraud involving the purchase of a laptop on subjects Dell account, subject needed police report for Dell instigation.

Incident: Officer responded to walk-in report of theft. Subject reported she had stopped the previous day at Mountain Mart Gas Station and an unknown person had entered her vehicle and taken two written prescriptions.


Incident: Officer patrolling Peachtree and Persimmons, identified as a “high crime area,” and observed two males walking thin the roadway. Subjects ran away when approached.

Arrest: Hess, Bill W., 29, – Obstructing a police officer

Arrest: Walker, Michael A, 31, – Obstructing a police officer

Incident: Officer dispatched to Braswell Street in reference to a disturbance, where officer spoke with multiple individuals, barring one subject from the address, and arresting another on an outstanding Stephens County Sheriffs Office warrant.

Arrest: Lakey, Daniel B., 36, – Warrant Service


Incident: Officer responded to police station in reference to a Department of Children and Family Services referral from Habersham County SHeriff’s Office about a reported case of neglect of a minor that resulted in the child’s visit to the emergency room for injuries.

Incident: Officer dispatched to Rose Lane Bowling Center regarding a juvenile who had reportedly climbed across the bar and poured a cup of alcohol for himself. Parents of the juvenile were notified. No criminal prosecution was requested by business.

Incident: Officer dispatched to Oconoee Federal Bank on Hwy. 17 Alt. In reference to several financial transaction cards found on the ground at the ATM machine.


Incident: Officer observed a black Mazda traveling south on Broad Street at a high rate of speed and crossing a double yellow line into the oncoming lane.

Arrest: Lawrence, Braxton G, 19, – Reckless driving

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