Dalton Police Seek Suspect In Car Break-In, Credit Card Fraud

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help with identifying a suspect who broke into a parked car and stole credit cards which he later used and attempted to use at locations in Dalton, Varnell, Ringgold, and Chattanooga.  The suspect got away with between $300 and $500 of purchases.

The incident happened between 2 and 4 p.m. on Aug. 26, in the parking lot of a doctor’s office at 1405 Dug Gap Road.  An employee’s car was broken into by smashing the passenger side window.  A purse containing credit cards, debit cards and checks was taken. When police arrived, the victims were already in the process of cancelling their bank cards and discovered that they had been used at the BP gas station on Walnut Avenue and a Shell station on Varnell Road.

The clerk at the BP station told investigators that the suspect attempted to use a credit card at the gas pumps and the card did not work.  He then went inside to try to make a purchase.  When the clerk asked to see his ID, the suspect told the clerk he’d left it in his car and left.  He then drove away in a silver Nissan XTerra that had the license plate removed.  The suspect was described as a white male with a shaved bald head wearing a white T-shirt, shorts, and sunglasses. 

Investigators then went to the Shell station where the suspect was successful in making two purchases totaling approximately $150.  The suspect was recorded on the store’s surveillance system. The credit cards were later used in Ringgold and Chattanooga before the activity on the accounts stopped.

Anyone with information on these incidents or the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Detective Sam Eaton with the Dalton Police Department at 706 278-9085, ext. 158.



East Brainerd Elementary School Bus Involved In Accident Wednesday Morning

Bus 433 from East Brainerd Elementary was in an accident Wednesday morning on the way to school. The bus was stopped to pick up children when it was hit from behind by a pick-up truck.    No students were injured but one was transported to the hospital as a precaution because the child complained of a sore chest.   The children were checked on the scene ... (click for more)

Haslam Announces $5,000 Reward In Bristol Homicide

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the September murder of Michael Heatherly.  “We ask anyone with knowledge of the case to come forward to help bring to justice whoever is responsible for this crime," the governor said.  Heatherly ... (click for more)

Current Republican Tax Plan Will Add To The National Debt

Independent tax experts agree that the Republican tax plan will add over $1 trillion to the national debt, even accounting for economic growth.  Adding to the national debt during good economic times doesn’t seem smart to me. The time for adding anything to the national debt is during a major war or when the economy needs more government spending to stimulate it during a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s Focus On ‘Better’

As I stepped away from the overflow crowd at  Monday  night’s Town Council meeting on Signal Mountain, I leaned in to tell Jean Trohanis how sorry I was to hear of the loss of her dearest friend. But in that millisecond before I could speak, the former but still-loved elementary school principal gave me her best hallway hiss and, with a pointed finger, she ordered, “You ... (click for more)

Hayes Surpasses 1,000 Points As Lady Canes Beat Walker Valley 54-43

East Hamilton sophomore Madison Hayes scored 17 points in a 54-43 victory at Walker County in Cleveland on Tuesday night and pushed her career scoring past the 1,000-point mark in the process. Hayes scored a team-high 19 points Friday in a 52-40 victory over Notre Dame in the East-West Classic, giving her 996 points in her career, including eighth-grade and freshman seasons ... (click for more)

McMinn County Slaps Soddy-Daisy With Two 5-3A Losses

McMinn County roared into Soddy-Daisy on Tuesday night and blasted the Trojans and Lady Trojans lop-sided victories in District 5-3A high school basketball action. The Cherokees (3-5, 3-0) blitzed the Trojans (3-5, 1-2) early to build a 26-14 halftime lead, built a 20-point lead and cruised to an impressive 58-30 victory. The earlier game was even more one-sided as the ... (click for more)