With the help of a tip from a citizen, Dalton Police Department arrested Augusto Castillo-Cabrera, 61, of 800 Red Clay Avenue on Monday on a misdemeanor charge of theft of lost or mislaid property in connection with a March 30th incident in which a wallet was left in a Dalton convenience store and later stolen.
The incident happened shortly before noon on March 30th at a convenience store at 1002 Underwood Street in Dalton. The victim bought a lottery ticket, leaving his wallet on the counter as he put the ticket into his shirt pocket. The victim then walked out of the store, leaving the wallet behind. Mr. Castillo-Cabrera was the next person in line, and after he made his purchase, he left the store without disturbing the wallet. However, the next man in line saw the wallet and apparently assumed Castillo-Cabrera had left it behind. This man is recorded on surveillance calling out to the man and stopping him, handing him the wallet. Castillo-Cabrera took the wallet and left. When the victim realized that he’d left his wallet behind, he returned to the store to find that it was gone.
On April 10th, the Dalton Police Department circulated a surveillance image of the incident to the area media. After the picture ran in the Dalton paper, a citizen called and identified Castillo-Cabrera as the suspect. After further investigation, a Dalton officer obtained a warrant for Castillo-Cabrera’s arrest which was served on Monday. Before his arrest, Castillo-Cabrera returned the victim’s wallet and later returned all of the missing money.