Police Blotter: Residents Endure Rash Of Car Break-ins; Walmart Thief Empties Loot In Car, Then Goes Back For More

Monday, March 24, 2014

A woman on Dodds Avenue called police after she discovered the rear passenger window had been busted out while her car was parked in her driveway. She thought something might be wrong when her car alarm went off at 4:30 in the morning on March 20. When she went out to check on her vehicle, she saw the broken window and noticed her GPS was missing. She estimated the damage to be around $200.

On the same street, another family called police to report more vehicle break-ins during the same time frame.

Their vehicles were also parked at their home. They estimated it would cost $400 each to replace the dashboards on each vehicle.

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Police were called after a woman saw someone breaking into her neighbor's vehicle on East Brainerd Road. When police arrived, they saw that a window had been shattered and multiple items had been taken including sunglasses, speakers, a radio, a lug nut key, and several other tools. The total value of the stolen items was approximately $2,170. The suspects were said to have fled in a dark gray van, and according to police, have still not been identified.

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A UTC medical student called police after he realized items were missing from his car parked on Wheeler Avenue. He told police he had been watching a surgery at Memorial Hospital. When he got back into his car, he noticed the passenger side door was not completely shut. He then saw that his briefcase, backpack, and two laptop computers were gone. Police have not yet identified any suspects.

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Police were called to a business on East 20th Street on March 18 after bricks were thrown through the windows of two company trucks. When they spoke with employee Thomas Shirley, he said the incident occurred shortly after he arrived at work. He said he believed the perpetrator might have been a man driving an STS van. He said he saw the vehicle leaving the parking lot as he went outside to investigate. Police looked for fingerprints but none were found. The total damage was $1,500. There are not any suspects at this time.

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 A woman on Vanessa Drive called police when she said she looked out her window and saw two men stealing tires from under her back deck. She said they appeared to be in their 30s. She told police she yelled at the men, but they finished loading the tires into their truck before driving off. She described the truck as an older model red Chevrolet S-10.

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A woman called police from the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel on Birmingham Highway when she walked outside and discovered someone had broken the passenger side window of her 2001 Ford Excursion. She said her purse was stolen. Inside her purse were her cell phone, Social Security card, various prescription medications, her checkbook, $70 cash, and her insurance cards. There has been no suspect information at this time.

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Police were called to the campus of CSAS on reports of an auto burglary and vandalism. One woman reported that her passenger window was broken out and her purse stolen, along with $450 in cash. The window was shattered with a spark plug, and at some point the perpetrator cut his or her hand, as there were blood droplets. Police contacted local hospitals to see if anyone had been checked in with a matching injury, but no one was found.

The car parked by it was also vandalized. Here, the right rear passenger window was busted out, but nothing was taken. Police have no suspect information at this time.

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Police were dispatched to the parking lot of the Walmart on Cummings Highway when they received a call about a theft in progress. The caller described seeing a man leaving the store with pockets full of merchandise, watching him unload the items into his SUV, then seeing him return to the store. When police arrived and spoke to the caller, he said the man had already left in the SUV with three other men.


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