Police: LaGrange gang behind surge in crimes

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LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -  They call themselves the "Insane Gangster Disciples" or I.G.D. and investigators in LaGrange say they're responsible for a string of recent crimes across the city.

Police say the offenses were committed not only for money but to increase the gang's status among those in the criminal underbelly.

Detectives tell WTVM it all started as an investigation into several businesses burglaries back in June. When they arrested a suspect, he told them he was a member of I.G.D. who take their name from the "Gangster Disciples," a national gang based in Chicago.

"They're all young males from 17-20 years of age that we've been able to identify so far," said Detective Wayne Cato, a criminal investigator for the LaGrange Police Department.

Besides breaking into businesses, police say the crew also broke into cars and even the cafeteria at LaGrange College.

Together five teenagers- 18-year-old Anthony Hunt, 18-year-old Demario Phillips, 17-year-old Hunter Wood, 19-year-old Joseph Seymour and 18-year-old Joseph Thomas- face around 100 charges.

"The crimes that were committed were committed for the furtherance of some of the gangs members for their rank and status inside the gang. Some of the crimes were done for financial gain, that way it would financially benefit the gang itself. This is the type of crimes that we can't tolerate and it has to be dealt with," Detective Cato said.

"A lot of us are out here working hard for our money and you have these gangs coming around breaking into places and destroying property. I think it's totally uncalled for. I think it's a problem here. I think it's a problem everywhere," added Dave Dopp. He owns Fox's Pizza that's in the same shopping as two of the businesses that were allegedly targeted by the gang.

All five suspects are being held in the Troup County Jail. They each face charges of burglary, entering automobiles and criminal street gang offenses.

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