Police Blotter: Pair Say They Didn't Disturb Purse Left In Walmart Shopping Cart

Monday, June 23, 2014

Police said they were able to find out who used a shopping cart with a purse and keys left in it, but the pair denied taking the items.

Tonya Fitch said she left her purse and keys in one buggy while turning to help her elderly grandmother at the Lookout Valley Walmart. She wound up using a second cart, then later remembered the missing purse and keys.

Using Walmart's super duper video, police were able to find the pair who got the buggy with the purse.

Two white males entered the store at 8 a.m. and left at 8:10 a.m. 

They were driving a work truck for a North Carolina firm, Tailored Foam.

Police were able to talk with "Daniel," who was one of the two. He said they did use the buggy with the purse, but did not see any keys. He said they were careful to keep the purse off to one side away from their purchases.

He said they pushed their items and the purse out to the parking lot, then left the buggy and purse.

There was no mention of why the purse was not turned into the office. It contained $60 cash, a bank card and several ID cards.

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A Waffle House employee at the Shallowford Road unit said a black male bought a Sprite using a $10 bill that turned out to be counterfeit.

The man "left in a rush" as soon as he got his soft drink and change.

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At Best Buy on Gunbarrel Road, a white male walked in and selected a $700 Toshiba computer. He left without bothering to pay.

The man got into the back seat of a vehicle registered to a man on Country Oaks Lane in Hixson.

The thief was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes. He is bald with a goatee.

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At Hamilton Place Mall, the operator of the Sunglass Hut said two black females took six pair of expensive sunglasses and hid them in their purses.

They then left with the $1,300 in merchandise.

They got into a gold Dodge with Kentucky plates and left "at a high rate of speed."

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A woman said someone shot into her 2013 Nissan Cube between 2 and 2:30 a.m.

Police said the bullet lodged in her back passenger seat and did over $1,000 in damage.

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A man living on Third Avenue said he found a hole the size of a golf ball in his window. There was damage to the blinds and curtains.

A spent round was found in the living room.



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