MOULTRIE — A Norman Park woman shopping with a toddler grandchild faces theft charges after she reportedly used the child’s diaper bag to stash stolen merchandise.

Mary Paul Cantrell, 59, 204 East Gate Circle, was charged Wednesday with theft by shoplifting and criminal trespass.

She is accused of putting merchandise in bags while in the children’s section of at Wal-Mart, 641 Veterans Parkway S., and then paying for two large items before leaving the store. Merchandise valued at $90 was concealed in a children’s shopping cart, Cantrell’s purse and her grandchild’s diaper bag, police said.

A family member came to the store to pick up the 3-year-old child who was with Cantrell, police said. Cantrell previously had been issued trespassing notices to not return the property in 2011 and 2012.

In other thefts:

Moultrie Police

• Courtney Charlotte Cotton, 31, 190 China Berry Lane, was charged Wednesday with theft by shoplifting.

She is accused of concealing Wal-Mart merchandise valued at $81 and leaving the store without paying for it.

Sheriff’s Office

• Melissa Faye Hackney, 27, 100 Wellington Lakes Drive, Fredericksburg, Va., was charged Oct. 29 with obstruction of an officer.

• Deborah Anthony Pride, 56, 1700 Avalon Ave., Albany, was charged Wednesday with failure to appear.

• Zachary Argo McIntyre, 26, 1133 Hwy. 319 S., was charged Wednesday with theft by receiving stolen property.

Probation violation

Moultrie Police

• Tavern C. Wheeler, 28, 1213 Elliot Brown St. Apt. 3.

Sheriff’s Office

• Derrick Deshaun Wright, 27, 2157 Hwy. 133 N.


Moultrie Police

• Steven Sailor, 700 block Eight Avenue Northwest, reported Tuesday the theft of two televisions, office equipment and $1,500.


Sheriff’s Office

• Bobby Beatty, 100 block Brandi Drive, reported Wednesday that a man to whom he gave a $120 deposit on four mobile home axles has not delivered them.

Beatty told police he made several attempts to have the axles delivered and that the man is now avoiding his telephone calls.

Beatty had a $120 receipt at the time he talked with an officer, sheriff’s reports said.

• Patricia Lawson, 1300 block Bob Taylor Road, reported Thursday that the tires and rims were stolen off a 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette.

Lawson told police that a window also had been broken on the van and that the someone damaged the steering column.


Sheriff’s Office

• Katrina Young, 200 block Westwood Drive, reported Wednesday that a male relative grabbed her left wrist and that she was thrown to the ground multiple times.

Young told police that she swung at Cliff Surbaugh, her husband, after they got into a fight over her drinking a beer and he then told her to leave without any of her belongings.

A witness reported seeing Surbaugh holding Young’s wrist and using her fist to hit her own face, sheriff’s reports said.

No arrests were made because Young threw the first punch and was unsure about pressing charges, the reports said, and she was given advice on how to file charges through Colquitt County Magistrate Court. Young had bruises and scrapes on her arms and elbows and swelling and bruising on the left side of her face.

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