Man arrested after stealing truck from gym in Dalton and causing disturbance at local business
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on June 19th, 2020, Officer Pendergrass responded to 701 South Hamilton Street, Super Body Fitness Center, for the report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Pendergrass made contact with the complainant, who advised that he arrived at the gym at around 6:50 and exited the gym at around 7:50 to discover his vehicle missing. He described his vehicle at a white 1995 Ford F-150 single cab truck. The victim advised that he had left his keys in the ignition. The value of the vehicle was estimated at $2000. Officer Pendergrass provided the victim with a case number and advised him how to obtain a copy of the report. Officer Pendergrass traveled to 711 South Hamilton Street to review security footage. The officer observed a light-skinned male wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, a light-colored hat, and carrying a bag over his right shoulder come into frame and begin looking into the vehicle from the passenger side. The male then disappeared around the driver's side of the vehicle, and the vehicle leaves the parking lot a few seconds later and headed north on South Hamilton Street. Using other cameras at Providence, we were able to track the male back to Providence, where he was provided a meal out of the back door. Using the camera at the back door, Officer Pendergrass was able to capture a picture of the male suspect. The officer observed that the male was wearing a white shirt with distinctive writing on the front and had a gray beard. When the officer went back in service, he was dispatched to 601 South Hamilton Street for a male causing a disturbance. When the officer arrived on the scene, the complainant showed me a picture of the male offender that had left the area on foot. It was a picture of the male that was just observed on security cameras stealing the truck. Officer Pendergrass was then able to locate the suspect on South Glenwood Avenue at Calhoun Street. The male identified himself as Barry Arnold, 60 of Scottsdale, GA. Barry admitted to going to Providence but denied stealing the vehicle. Barry was arrested for the theft of the truck. Barry was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with theft by taking (f). Barry continued to deny the theft and would not provide the location of the vehicle. Barry also commented that he had already checked the cameras and that he knew that the officer didn't have him on video taking the vehicle because there were no cameras pointing in that direction.