Monday, June 18, 2018

Coffee with a Cop

The Police Department’s next Coffee with a Cop community event will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm., at the Starbucks located at 1353 Riverstone Parkway #110, Canton, GA. This on-going outreach allows Officers and citizens to connect, engage, problem solve and build important trusting relationships which are vital to improving the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Coffee with a Cop is one of the most important monthly activities the department is involved in. The "Coffee with a Cop" program is essential for our department to continue connecting with the citizens we serve. We would like to thank Starbucks and their management team for inviting our department to be a part of such an important community event.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Verizon Armed Robbery

Verizon Armed Robbery- Update
3:45 pm. 6/13/2018

Canton Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the suspect who committed an armed robbery at Verizon today. Detectives are also seeking to locate the suspect's vehicle believed to possibly be a 2016 - 2018 Nissan Sentra silver in color. Please see the attached videos.

Not Actual Vehicle

If you have any information relating to this case, please call the Canton Police Department 770-720-4883 or email or call 911.

Previous Press Release 1243 hrs. 6/13/2018

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at approximately 10:30 am Canton Officers, and surrounding agencies responded to an armed robbery that occurred at Verizon (3753 Marietta Hwy, Canton GA 30114).

A black male armed with a handgun entered the business, forced a female employee working alone into the back room and bound her hands and feet.

The suspect fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cell phones.  The employee managed to escape and call 911 and did not report any sustained injuries.

The initial description of the suspect:
Black male, possibly late 20's with a slim build
Pink bandana covering his face
Black Hat
White gym shorts

Canton and Cherokee County Detectives are actively investigating the case and will be reviewing surveillance video from the business.  More details on the suspect and how he fled the area will be given when available.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Officers Locate Drugs and Recover Stolen Gun

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 1657 hrs., Officers were dispatched to a fight in progress with a handgun involved at the McDonalds located at 3240 Ridge Rd.  As responding Officers arrived, the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office was on scene working to discover what occurred and directed units to who was reportedly involved in the incident.  Officers made contact with a young female who earlier fled the scene and locked herself in the restroom of a gas station across the street from the incident location.  After speaking with her, Officers located what was determined to be a stolen firearm and an amount of suspected Marijuana that appeared to be packaged for distribution. 

During the initial investigation, a responding Officer previously made contact with a male who was reportedly involved in the altercation, identified him and did not have enough at that time to detain him at the scene.  However, the female who was located with the stolen firearm and narcotics advised Officers, the male had given the items to her and asked her to get rid of them before she fled the area.  At that time, Officers made contact with the individual who returned as a passenger in a vehicle.  He was detained and transported to the Police Department (PD) for further questioning by a Criminal Investigation Detective.  The female was taken into custody and also transported to speak to a Detective.

After interviews were completed, both individuals were charged and transported to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center.  Before arriving at the jail, the male previously hid several scheduled narcotic pills and carried them across the Detention Center “Guard line,” which resulted in further felony drug charges.   

Chief of Police Mark J. Mitchell added, “We are very happy no one was hurt during the initial altercation.  I commend our hardworking Officers and Detectives for their efforts to bring this case to a safe and successful resolution.  I also want to thank the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office for their quick response and assistance, which was vital to the initial investigation of this incident. 

Tyrell Maleek Corley age: 21 of Canton, Ga.
VGCSA Possession with Intent to Distribute a Synthetic Narcotic
VGCSA Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana
Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
Tampering with Evidence
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony 
Crossing the Guard line with Narcotics

Savannah Leann Howell age: 17 of Canton, Ga.
Reckless Conduct
Tampering with Evidence   

Thursday, May 17, 2018

“CPD Commander receives Leadership Award”

Over the past year, Operations Bureau Commander Captain Jeff Tucker has attended the FBI- Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s (LEEDA) Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute, and Executive Leadership Institute program.

During the course of his studies, Captain Tucker engaged in topics to include personality diagnostics, leadership case studies, mentoring, developing your people, performance management, risk management and credibility. In addition, he was involved in such areas as command discipline and liability, dealing with problem employees and leading change within an organization. Furthermore, the Captain engaged in other studies such as generational leadership, paradigms and change objectives, power and influence, transactional and transformational leadership and the future of law enforcement.

Captain Jeff Tucker
Captain Tucker just recently completed this intense program and has been awarded the FBI - LEEDA Trilogy Award and will be recognized for this very important accomplishment during a City Council Meeting in the future.

Canton Police Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “I am extremely proud of Captain Tucker for the commitment, dedication and hard work he put into finishing such a very important training program. All of our employees are vital to the success of this organization so, we must invest in their career development which not only improves their skill sets but also continues to develop our department into a premier professional agency that supports our employees and the community we serve.”

Friday, May 11, 2018

Officers Nab Suspect after Crime Spree

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Officers responded to several incidents throughout the City to include an incident of Shoplifting, Narcotics Possession, Theft by Taking (Auto) and Burglary (2 counts) all committed by the same suspect during the course of the day. 

Just before 11:00 am., an Officer was patrolling the area of East Main Street and Brown Industrial Parkway when she alertly noticed a white Dodge Caravan occupied by two (2) males sitting in the roadway.  The Officer turned around to assist the stranded motorist when she observed the individuals quickly exit the vehicle and leave the scene on foot.  As the Officer made it to the vehicle, the persons were nowhere to be found, the van’s engine appeared to be smoking and it was obstructing the roadway.  At that time, the vehicle was towed out of the lane of travel and still, no contact was made with the occupants who left the scene.

Later in the early afternoon, just after 2:00 pm., Officers responded to the report of a Shoplifting in progress at Kohl’s located at 2034 Cumming Highway.  Upon arrival, the responding Officer made contact with Loss Prevention who advised they stopped a man who previously was walking through the store taking assorted articles of clothing and placing them in his backpack.  The stolen items were recovered from the suspect and the Officer determined the male had outstanding warrants through the City of Canton and Cherokee County.  As the reporting Officer took the individual into custody for the outstanding warrants and the charge of shoplifting, he discovered the suspect was in possession of four (4) Schedule IV Narcotic pills.  The perpetrator was then transported to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Facility. 

As the afternoon progressed, Officers discussed the fact the male who was arrested at Kohl’s may be one of the subjects who earlier walked off from the abandoned vehicle on East Main Street.  Around 4:30 pm., Units responded to the Mr. Clean Carwash at 220 Riverstone Parkway in reference to the report of a stolen auto.  As the reporting Officer arrived, it now became clear why the individuals left the scene of the abandoned vehicle, because it was stolen overnight.  During the course of the investigation, Officers obtained store surveillance video, which shows the male, who was previously arrested at Kohl’s and left the abandoned vehicle on East Main Street, to be the same suspect who entered the carwash earlier that morning around 1:16 am.  Once in the carwash bay, the perpetrator took the white caravan and as he left, he damaged one (1) of the facility bay doors.

The calls involving this person did not stop there because later in the evening at approximately 11:00 pm., Officers responded to the report of a Burglary that occurred at 120 Westview Street.  The reporting party advised responding units that he left for work in the morning and when he arrived home just before he called, he noticed someone forcibly entered the front door to his residence and took his large screen TV.  During the course of the investigation, Officers and the assigned Detective discovered a possible suspect name, which turned out to be the same person our Officer arrested earlier in the day for the aforementioned criminal activity.  At that time, the reported stolen TV in the burglary incident was located in the rear of the recovered stolen Dodge Caravan that was towed previously in the day.

Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “I am proud of the teamwork of our Officers and Detectives, which was very important in connecting and solving the cases involving this suspect.  One of the points in our Mission Statement is to create a safer Canton by reducing crime and by taking this person off our streets, it goes a long way toward improving the quality of life for our great community.”

Christian Davis Hawkins age: 19 of Decatur, Ga.
Burglary (2 counts)
Theft by Taking (Auto)
VGCSA Possession of a Schedule IV Narcotic
Theft by Shoplifting (M)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Coffee with a Cop

The Police Department’s next Coffee with a Cop community event will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018, from 8:00 -10:00 am., at Dunkin Donuts located at 121 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA. 

This on-going outreach allows Officers and citizens to connect, engage, problem solve and build important trusting relationships which are vital to improving the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Canton Officers Promoted

Taylor Lilley and Tyler McClure were both promoted to the rank of Corporal on Wednesday, May 3, 2018, at Canton City Hall. Both Officers recently participated in a promotional process and were selected for promotion to take on more leadership responsibility within the organization.