Crime Stoppers: Purse Snatching Near Eastgate Megabus Terminal

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information regarding a purse snatching that occurred near the Megabus terminal at Eastgate Town Center.

The victim stated that while waiting on the Megebus around 8 p.m. on Sunday, she entered the Eastgate Town Center to use the restroom. When she exited the bathroom, three black males approached her and one of them began to curse at her as they surrounded her. 

The 56-year-old victim said the three suspects grabbed the computer bag she had slung over her shoulder and pulled it hard enough to break the strap.  The bag contained her Acer laptop computer and her Sprint cell phone. The victim said the suspects fled and she later believes she saw them leave in an aqua or green colored minivan, but she was unsure of the make or model.

Before she called police, the victim called her daughter, who began tracking the stolen phone.  According to the daughter, the cell phone was still at Eastgate until 8:30 p.m., at which time the signal was lost. The phone has not been turned back on since that time

While there were video cameras on the building, no video of the incident has been recovered, and there were no other witnesses, so there is a very limited description of the suspects: 

The first suspect was a black male, dark-skinned, with plats in his hair and he was wearing a red jacket and beige jogging pants.

The second suspect was a black male, dark skinned, wearing jeans and a dark T-shirt.

The third suspect was a black male the victim could only describe as having a medium-dark complexion since he was the one behind her.

Anyone with information about this purse snatching at Eastgate Town Center should call Crime Stoppers. A confidential call could result in a cash reward. Call Crime Stoppers at 423 698-3333.

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