The Dalton Police Department arrested Brandon Joseph Lively, 26, and Anna Marie Lively, 29, on charges related to the theft of a purse Tuesday afternoon from the Shugart Road Wal-Mart and the subsequent fraudulent use of stolen credit cards. Both arrestees live at 698 Neely Road. Both were charged with one count of each of theft by taking, identity fraud, and financial transaction card fraud.
The incident happened at approximately 5:30 pm Tuesday. As the victim shopped in the children’s shoes section, she turned to her shopping cart and found that her purse was missing. The victim contacted police, and Dalton officers reviewed surveillance video of the incident with the store’s loss prevention associates. The video showed that as the victim shopped, a white male wearing a black leather jacket and ball cap walked down the aisle with a little girl. Shortly after, a female later identified as Anna Lively walked up the aisle pushing a shopping cart with a baby carrier. As she passed the victim’s shopping cart, she reached over and took her purse, walking away with the purse under her left arm and her own purse hanging from her right arm. Then the male suspect is seen pushing the shopping cart with the baby carrier and the little girl. The video showed them both walking out of the store quickly and leaving together in a silver Saturn passenger car.
After having the victim cancel all of her bank and credit cards, officers gave a lookout notice for the suspects’ vehicle. Later, the victim was notified that her cards had been used at stores in Walnut Square Mall, including a purchase of more than $1,000 in Joker’s Audio. The victim contacted the 911 dispatch center. Officers responded to the mall, and the first officer on scene spotted a man matching the suspect’s description trying to fit a larger speaker box into the back of the silver Saturn in the Sears parking lot. Brandon Lively was stopped by the officer while another officer went inside and found Anna Lively inside, trying to make another purchase. Officers took both suspects into custody and recovered the victim’s wallet. Two children with the suspects were sent home with a relative.