Tennessee woman arrested for stealing items from Dalton home, said she thought it was a yard sale

July 24, 2020 at 10:38 AM EDT

DALTON – The following incident report was filed by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office regarding the arrest of Adams, Lena Rene, 38, on July 19, 2020 on the following charges:

  1. Burglary 2nd, Forced Entry, Nonresidence
  2. Possess Methamphetamine
  3. Possession And Use Of Drug Related Objects

Some names and addresses in the following transcription may have been redacted to protect the innocent. Errors may exist. We don’t fix spelling/grammatical errors made by the agency:

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On 07/18/2020 Deputy Fernandez was dispatched to [300 block] W Broadacre rd in reference to a burglary in progress. While in route Deputy Fernandez called the reporting party and he stated he caught a female loading items into her vehicle and then sped away nearly striking him and his truck. He was able to provide dispatch a description of the vehicle along with the registration number. Once on scene, [WITNESS #1] stated his son lives on the property and walked Deputy Fernandez over to the carport and shed.

Mr. [WITNESS #1] stated that he lives on the adjacent property and drove past his sons driveway. He noticed a vehicle backed in that he did not recognize. He then turned around and pulled up to see who it was. He stated that a female had her passenger side door open and had some lamps and other items on the ground as if she was going to load them up. He stated that the female asked him if he knew who owned the property. He told her that he did and he was calling the police. He advised her to not go anywhere and that he was a concealed carry holder. Mr. [WITNESS #1] stated that the female then started apologizing and drove through the grass and sped away nearly striking him and his truck.

Approximately 5 minutes later Officer Hollis with the Varnel I Police Department advised that he was getting out with a vehicle matching that description on Cleveland Hwy and Mcgaughey Chapel Rd. Deputy Fernandez relocated and met with Officer Hollis and Deputy Pangle.

Once on scene Deputy Fernandez met with the suspect and introduced himself. He began explaining that the reason they stopped her was because they were given a BOLO for a vehicle matching hers. When asked if she knew why the police was there she stated something along the lines of “because that man pulled a gun on me.”

Before asking for any specifics, Deputy Fernandez read the female identified as Lena Adams her Miranda rights. She stated that she understood and was willing to speak. Deputy Fernandez had her explain the interaction from beginning to end of where she saw the man with the gun.

Ms. Adams stated that she gave a friend a ride to Stinnet Dr. On her way back she drove past a house with lots of items in the carport. She stated that she stopped by and noticed a lot of items had prices on them as if it was a yard sale (Deputy Fernandez did not see any yard sale signs and the carport was concealed by bushes making it hard to see from the roadway unless you pull in the driveway).

She stated that she knocked on the door but nobody came out. She advised that she then stated getting items and putting them in her car. She stated that she had money and intended to leave some money along with her phone number. She stated that once the man got there and pulled the gun, she left.

Deputy Fernandez asked her if she would point out which items she took. Ms. Adams agreed and began placing numerous items on her trunk that she took from the carport and shed. She ended up having approximately 25 Misc. items such as plates, flashlights, cameras, purses, kitchenware, lamps along with other items. She stated that she knew it was hard to believe but she intended to find the owners and pay them later.

Deputy Fernandez made contact with the owners of the items by phone. They advised they were out of town for the weekend but were available for a face time call to identify the items. Once the facetime began, [VICTIM #1] and [VICTIM #2] immediately confirmed that the items belonged to them and wished to press charges. They specifically pointed out a pink hand bag that was supposed to have an LG Tablet inside. The tablet was not located inside the purse.

Deputy Fernandez placed Ms. Adams under arrest at proper fitment and double locking. She was placed into the back of the patrol car while deputies inventoried the vehicle and searched it for more possible stolen items.

During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Pangle located a small baggy of methamphetamine, a grinder with suspected marijuana and a glass smoking device with methamphetamine residue in a pink bag in the trunk. The residue on the glass smoking device and the contents of the baggy field tested positive for methamphetamine. There was a lot of misc. content in the vehicle. Deputy Fernandez placed t. Lowery a phone call and advised her of the incident.

She advised to notify on call CID to see if they needed to interview the female due to the stolen items that were in her vehicle. They advised that since there were narcotics as well as stolen items in it, to go-ahead and have it towed to the Sheriffs Office and they would attempt to obtain a search warrant for it at a later date.

The on call wrecker (Parrish) was called to tow the vehicle. They were advised to take the vehicle and drop it off inside the gate at the Whitfield County Sheriffs Office. Deputy Fernandez then transported Ms. Adams to the Whitfield County Jail where she was turned over to booking personnel without incident.

Deputy Fernandez charged Ms. Adams on Warrantless arrest #62460 for violating OCGA 16-7-1(C) Burglary in the 2nd degree, 16-13-32.2 Drug related objects, and 16-13-3OaIs Possession of methamphetamine.


The glass smoking device, methamphetamine and grinder with marijuana was placed into evidence. The items Ms. Adams set on her trunk were recovered and turned over to Mr. [VICTIM #1] after [VICTIM #1] advised it was ok to do so.

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