Police Blotter: Man With Gun In Stalled Van Is A Bondsman; Logging Truck Driver Who Caused 153 Wreck Had No DL

Monday, October 15, 2018

Police responded on a disorder with a weapon at 6809 Bonny Oaks Dr. Upon arrival police observed no signs of a disorder in or near a red minivan stopped in the middle of Hickory Valley Road near Bonny Oaks Drive. While an officer approached the van a man with a pistol on his hip exited the vehicle. Police asked the man to place his hands on his vehicle. Police removed his pistol from its holster. When asked for identification the man identified himself as a bonding agent and displayed his badge of office, ID and handgun carry permit. As added precaution police ran the serial number to his firearm and received no NCIC hits. The bondsman explained that his van died in the road and he was unable to start it. Police aided the stranded gunman in removing the vehicle from the road. He declined a wrecker.

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At the CVS on Lee Highway, police spoke with a manager who said two black females entered the store, selected multiple items and then left the store without paying. She said she believed that about $300 worth of laundry detergent was stolen as well as some other items but she could not say for sure what other items were taken. She took photos of the vehicle and the suspects. Police could not identify the suspects at this time, though the suspects match the description of other shoplifting cases in the area. 

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The manager of Papa John's Pizza on Highway 58 said a black female entered the store and ordered a pizza, then paid for it with a $100 bill that was for motion pictures use only printed on the front and back. The staff gave the unknown woman the pizza and her change. She then left the area in a white Honda Accord going north on Highway 58. It was then the staff realized the money that was presented was not real money. Police took the motion pictures use only bill and turned it into property, 

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A resident of the 1400 block of E. Main St. said his vehicle had been stolen. He said he was going in and out of his business to his vehicle with his vehicle doors unlocked and keys in the ignition. He was inside his business for 15 minutes and, when he came out to his vehicle, it was gone. The vehicle is an 1998 Ford F150 TN with a left tail light out. The vehicle is green with stripes on the side. He said the Ford was in bad shape and out of gas so it could not be far away. A BOLO was sent out by dispatch as well. The vehicle was placed in NCIC. Police searched the area, but nothing was located.

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At the Express store at Hamilton Place, police were told a black male and female exited the store with two large Belk shopping bags full of their merchandise. An employee said she found four sensors totaling approximately $200 in clothing merchandise in the fitting room. She said the store has no surveillance and does not prosecute for theft.

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The manager of the Fast Stop gas station on 2285 Wilcox Blvd. said a man who goes by the name of AJ had destroyed six pairs of sunglasses and vandalized the property. He said the man was told to leave multiple times after touching random customers but refused to leave while screaming at customers. A store employee escorted him out with a broom. Once exiting the store, AJ re-entered the store and began acting very disorderly. While watching security cameras, an officer saw the man re-enter the store and push over a rack that holds sunglasses, damaging approximately six pairs of sunglasses. He then knocked the bubble gum bucket off the counter. The manager said the customer is a local and he wants him banned from the property. 

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Police were called to the parking lot of Walgreens on Brainerd Road. A woman said she had put her Xbox One up for sale on the "LetGo app". From there she was contacted by a female using the screen name of "Sarahann". Sarahann agreed to pay $300 for the Xbox, so they setup the meeting spot in the Walgreens parking lot. Sarahann was driving a green minivan with a Rainbow lei hanging from the rear view mirror. Sarahann handed the woman an envelope with three $100 bills inside, took the Xbox and drove off. Once the woman got back in her car she opened the envelope and saw that the money was counterfeit. 

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The manager of McDonalds on Browns Ferry Road said a white female came in and passed three fake $20 bills over the course of three purchases. She said the cashier taking the order was new and did not catch that they were counterfeit until the last order. She then secured the counterfeit money and called police. The white female got into a gold Honda, four-door sedan and left the parking lot heading north on Browns Ferry Road.

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At the Circle K on Signal Mountain Road, police made contact with a man who said he pulled into the gas station to get a drink leaving his vehicle unlocked and running. He went inside and shortly after came back out and noticed that his van was gone. Police got a description of the vehicle and placed a BOLO shortly after arrival. In a store video, police saw a white male wearing blue jeans and a white tank top with a ball cap get into the vehicle after the owner went inside and drove off.

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The manager of the Shoe Carnival at 2288 Gunbarrel Road said he observed two black females walk inside the business with sunglasses on. He said he could almost recognize one of the females from a previous shoplifting incident. He saw the pair grab multiple merchandise items and start running towards the front door. The manager was able to stop one of them and have her drop all the merchandise, but the other female walked out with three pairs of shoes. The total amount for the merchandise that the suspects tried to take from the business was $480. 

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A manager at Food City on Highway 58 said a black female walked into the store and concealed meat and cheese on her person then walked out of the store passing all points of sale. The total loss was $84.

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At 7300 Lee Hwy., police met with a woman who said she went inside the Marathon gas station. At that point a white skinny male with a shaved head wearing a black shirt jumped inside her unlocked black GMC Envoy while it was running, and stole it. Police were unable to locate the vehicle in the nearby area. Personal belongings including cellphone and purse were in the vehicle. 

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Two black females entered Shoe Carnival on Highway 153 and grabbed a Nike bag ($12). They filled it with Nike shoes (three pairs, $185 total) and a pair of Nike sandals ($15). The females then left the store. Their descriptions were: first suspect: older, black hair; second suspect: 20s, long black hair, cap). They possibly got into a black Ford truck driven by a black male and left the scene.

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A local realtor reported that he received a text from from an unknown person who claimed to be a hit man with the Norsemen Club. The caller informed the realtor he had been hired to kill him over a recent business transaction he was involved with. The "hit man" demanded $15,000 to not kill him. The realtor said he was not aware of any recent transactions where he took business from another realtor or made anyone mad. He does not recognize either number and believes this is a scam but none the less felt concerned and threatened and wished for it to be documented.. 

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Police were summoned to 5764 Hwy 153 on an accident with injuries at Walmart. Police found a man had lost control of a dump truck pulling a trailer with a load of logs. He burned his brakes and lost control running the red light at the entrance to Walmart. The vehicle rear ended two cars before jack knifing and T boning two other vehicles. The man in the logging truck did not have a driver's license or a commercial license. He also did not secure his load as the logs tumbled on the wreck scene. 

 


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