Three Arrested in Connection with Two Shoplifting Incidents

By Charlie Bauder, WNEG, Toccoa


The Toccoa Police Department has three people in custody on theft charges after two separate shoplifting incidents.

According to Toccoa Police Department Assistant Chief Tim Jarrell, police arrested 23-year-old William Hayes Rush of Seneca, South Carolina on Thursday for six counts of theft by shoplifting from the Toccoa Wal-Mart.

He said that the incidents took place between May and July with nearly $5,000 in electronics being taken.

Jarrell went on to say that Toccoa Police detectives worked with officers from the Hartwell Police Department to identify Rush, who is currently incarcerated in Hart County for theft by shoplfiting and other charges committed there.

Once released, Rush will be brought to Stephens County.

Meanwhile, two people face charges in connection to stolen iPhones valued at a total of more than $10,000.

Jarrell said that on Friday, police were called in to investigate the theft of 17 iPhones from the Verizon store in Toccoa.

That investigation led to the arrest of 23-year-old Dejon Marshay Brown of Canon and 24-year-old Lucas Lavate Harvey of Gainesville.  Both were charged with felony theft by taking.

Both cases remain under investigation with more arrests pending, according to police.