Dalton Police say man who shoplifted, punched security guard to turn self in soon

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UPDATE (8:30PM):

Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier says the suspect has made contact and will be turning himself in soon.

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The Dalton Police Department is asking for your help identifying a man who punched a security guard after being confronted for trying to shoplift a shirt from a department store.

DPD spokesman Bruce Frazier says the suspect was able to get away after the punch, but he was recorded by store surveillance.

The incident happened Monday afternoon at the Belk store at Walnut Square Mall.

Frazier says the suspect entered the store shortly before 2:00 pm and concealed a t-shirt under his arm and took it into a bathroom.

A loss prevention guard checked the restroom after the suspect left and found that the suspect had removed all of the tags from the shirt.

The guard confronted the suspect outside of the store, but Frazier says the suspect punched him in the chest and got away.

The suspect is a light-skinned possibly Hispanic male with close-cropped dark hair and a goatee. He had visible tattoos on both arms and he wore jeans and a white t-shirt with the cover photo from the Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to please contact Officer Annalee Scruggs at 706-278-9085 extension 9577 or by email at

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