Elderly woman beaten, suspect arrested in Troup Co. crime spree

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LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -  A crime spree spanning the city of LaGrange has come to an end and according to investigators, one man is responsible.

Forty-two-year-old Jeffery Martin was arrested over the weekend with the help of a canine unit and police helicopter after detectives say he burglarized four homes and beat one of the homeowners, a 76-year-old woman, in the process.

According to police, it started Saturday morning around 7 AM when officers got a call about a burglary in progress at a house on Camellia Drive. When units got there, the elderly resident said she heard a loud noise downstairs and her alarm went off.

Officers set up a perimeter and started tracking the burglar with a K-9 unit.

The suspect was tracked less than 100 yards through a wooded area to the 900 block of Norwood Drive.

While checking a vacant house at the dead end of Norwood Drive, an officer heard a cry for help coming from another home on that street.

Police found 76-year-old Evelyn Lovin suffering from serious injuries to her head and face. She told officers she was attacked by a man who broke into her home.

Lovin was transported to the West Georgia Medical Center for treatment. Officials say her injuries are not life-threatening.

Police continued their search through the woods with the help of the Spalding County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

According to investigators, physical evidence was found at the targeted homes on Camellia and Norwood Drives linking Martin to the crimes.

Detectives also connected Martin to several other crimes that occurred hours before, including a car break-in on Wynnwood Drive and another burglary on Ewing Street.

Martin was finally arrested around 9:30 AM on Miller Street.

Martin is charged with aggravated battery, four counts of burglary and entering an auto. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Meriwether County for a probation violation for a car break-in case.

The investigation is still ongoing and police say Martin could be charged with other burglaries, car break-ins and property damage in that area during the same time period.

Anyone with further information should contact Troup County Crimestoppers at 706-812-1000.

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