Lookout Mountain, Tn., and Lookout Mountain, Ga., have cut down on burglaries by a camera system at entrances to the town.
Three thieves tried to avert the warning system last Saturday by walking into town, but were captured anyway.
Mark Caldwell reported on his Lookout email bullet that in the early morning hours there were more than 21 vehicles entered on the Tennessee and Georgia side of the mountain. He said most of the vehicles were unlocked though a couple were forcibly entered in order to steal items left in plain sight.
Two black males and a black female were arrested due to an alert neighbor and quick response from both police departments, it was stated.
Caldwell said, "What made this case different is that they did not drive a vehicle into our community but came on foot. Perhaps they thought they could avoid all the public and private security camera systems around town, but most assuredly did not."
He said Officer Dale Taylor made the arrests.
All stolen items -- wallets, phones, etc. -- were recovered, including two guns which the suspects threw over the East Brow as police were approaching. The guns were recovered with the assistance of an ATF dog trained to locate firearms.
Mr. Caldwell said there were likely additional vehicles entered because some items, including an iPad recovered from the thieves, have not been claimed.