Police Blotter: Mapco Clerks Catch 1 Fake $100 Bill, Miss Another; Man Booted After Girlfriend Finds Him Asking Other Women For Nude Photos

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A clerk at the Mapco on Hamill Road said a man had handed him what he thought was a hundred dollar bill and he almost gave him the change in return. The clerk said he never gave the man the money, but when he confronted the suspect he left the area. The "100 dollar bill" clearly had printed on it front and back it was for motion picture use only. The clerk also tested the obviously fake money with a currency pen and it also failed that test.

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At the same Mapco, a white male, approximately 5'10" with a red beard and red hair, came in and passed off a fake $100 bill (also motion picture money) in exchange for $8 in gas. In return the suspect received $95 cash back. The manager gave police the fake money and showed officers surveillance video of the incident. Police have a possible suspect after reviewing surveillance video. The counterfeiter was driving a red pickup truck.

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A woman on Chamberlain Avenue said sometime after midnight, someone broke out the right side front window of her 2011 Jeep Compress and rummaged through the vehicle. She said her wallet and its contents were taken along with a pair of Beats headphones. She canceled the credit cards that were in her wallet.

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A resident of 3rd Avenue reported a theft of an ATV. He said the vehicle was removed from his back porch in the middle of the night. It is a dark green, 2004 Polaris 500 ATP. He paid approximately $3,000 for it.

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George Stuart, who lives on Island Avenue in North Chattanooga, said he was clearing out brush around his house when he found a tombstone. The tombstone was new but had a date of 1923 on it. An officer placed the tombstone in police property.

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At H&R Block on Rossville Boulevard, officials said George Cheeks came in to file his tax return. Police said, "After filing George was not happy with the amount he was getting therefore he decided to throw a temper tantrum in the middle of the store. This is the second incident of George causing a scene at the store. The manager informed me she would have police respond to the store if he came in again to inform George he is not longer welcome on the property."

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Police responded to a shoplifting at Dollar General on Lee Highway. The manager said three black females came into the store and took over $300 worth of merchandise without paying for it. Photos of the suspects were sent out to see if they can be identified.

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A man told police between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day, someone made four ATM withdrawals from his First Tennessee Bank account totaling $1,200. The man said he is still in possession of his debit card. He said he does not know how the thief was able to obtain his card information, including his PIN.

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A woman said someone had somehow cloned her SunTrust debit card and made three ATM withdrawals from her Suntrust Bank account. The first was for $463.50, the second for $403.30 and the last for $83.30. The woman did not know the locations of the ATMs.

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Officers responding to 307 Cherry St. were told that an unknown white male had damaged a device the parking enforcement company uses. The device was suction-cupped to the front windshield of a vehicle in violation. It was partially pried off the windshield and appeared to have a hole in the top. The suction-cup destroyer remained on scene for a short time but had left prior to police arriving.

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Police were dispatched to a verbal disorder at an apartment on Douglas Street. Officers found a man sitting outside of the apartment. He said his girlfriend lived in the apartment and had just caught him cheating on her. He said she kicked him out, but his belongings were still inside the apartment. Police made contact with the girlfriend, who had gathered his belongings and had them sitting by the door. She said she had caught him messaging other girls on his cell phone asking them to send him nude photos. She said she asked him to gather his things and leave her apartment but he refused and started begging and pleading with her to not kick him out. She said she again told him to leave and he became verbally aggressive and threw a few of his personal items across the room as he started swearing and screaming. She said that is when she called the police. She said she wanted him to take his things and leave and wanted him to never contact her again and to leave her alone. Police explained to the man that any form of contact with the ex-girlfriend would be unwanted and reported to police. Officers escorted the man into the apartment to retrieve his belongings and he departed. 





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