A LaFayette man tried to pass off his “brother’s” identification when he was caught trying to return items from a dumpster to the Family Dollar Store.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports:

Christopher Brady Denton, 30, has been charged with two counts of giving a false name, address, or birth date, and one count of theft by deception

On Saturday, April 2, around 9 a.m., police stopped Denton after a complaint of him being intoxicated at the intersection of Fortune Street and South Main Street. He was located beside the Wells Fargo Bank.

When confronted by police, Denton gave the officer the driver’s license of a “William Nicholas Denton” who returned with no warrants.

Denton had two packages of Motrin and a television remote that was still in its packaging in his possession.

He told police he had purchased the items and was returning them to the store and was released.

Around 10 minutes later, another officer was dispatched to the Family Dollar Store due to a man trying to return items that the store had discarded into the dumpster on April 1.

The store employee told the officer several items were cleaned out of inventory from the store and placed into the dumpster.

Denton removed the items from the trash and tried to return them to the store.

The employee could tell that they were removed from the dumpster and told the man to leave the items at the store as he left the scene.

Police then went to Denton’s residence at 307 South Main Street and asked about “Nicholas” whereabouts to which one of the residents said, “You mean Chris? He’s in the other room.”

The officer took Denton back to the store, where the employee identified him as the man who attempted to return the items from the dumpster.

Denton admitted to taking the items from the dumpster, but continued to claim that he was in fact “William Nicholas Denton.”

After searching him, the officer located several items that identified the man as Christopher Brady Denton.

The man continued to try to claim he was “William” and that Chris was actually his brother.

The officer told him he could pull his picture from the jail to confirm his identity and Denton finally admitted he was indeed Christopher Brady Denton.

Once his name was correctly placed into the system, he returned with two outstanding warrants through the Walker County.

Denton was arrested and transported to the Walker County jail without incident.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.