Police Blotter: Man Taken To Jail After Repeated Meat Thefts From Walmart; 3 TVs, Stereo Carried Out Walmart Fire Door; Thief Snatches Panic Disorder Pills At McDonald's Lot

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Police said they took a man to the county jail after he was again caught stealing meat from an area Walmart.

Donald Sexton, 51, was charged with theft under $500 and criminal trespassing.

A loss prevention specialist at the Signal Mountain Walmart said he saw Sexton take four ribeyes worth $76.24 and try to get out without paying.

Police said Sexton had been ordered to stay out of all Walmarts after he was caught in thefts at the Brainerd store on Jan. 18, 2013, the Kimball store at May 31, 2013, and the Lookout Valley unit on Nov. 27, 2013. 

Police said Sexton said he was out of work and was stealing to feed his family.

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A woman said she visited Ziggy's on Cherokee Boulevard. While inside, someone broke into her 2006 Jeep Commander.

A passenger side window was broken out.

She is missing her Droid H2 phone, purse, driver's license, food stamp card and child support card.

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A woman said someone threw two large rocks at her 2005 Pontiac on E. 39th Street.

It caused two dents on her vehicle and broke a side mirror. Damages were put at $600.

She said she had no idea who did it or why.

A white car, possibly a Honda, was spotted nearby.

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Police responded on a shooting at the parking lot of the South Side Grocery on W. 38th Street.

Dewayne Benning said his vehicle was hit.

A video showed a black four-door car, possibly an Avenger, was involved. Men were seen trading shots, with one gunman getting out of a vehicle.

Two of those involved were described as a black male with a low haircut and wearing all purple and a black male with long dreads wearing a dark-colored jacket.

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A woman said someone broke into her Lexus at her residence on Shady Fork Road.

In just a short time, the thieves had run up over $1,000 on her credit card.

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Walmart officials on Gunbarrel Road said three black males and a black female were able to carry off three 32" Samsung TVs and a Samsung stereo system.

They carried the loot out a fire door.

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A woman said she arrived at the McDonald's on Lee Highway and, while getting out of her car, she dropped a bottle of medication.

The bottle rolled across the parking lot.

A white male got out of the passenger side of  a blue Saturn and snatched up the pills. He jumped back in the Saturn, which was driven by a white female with long hair.

The bottle contained $40.19 worth of klonopin. Klonopin is used to treat seizure disorders or panic disorder.      


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