Police Blotter: Man Climbs Into Back Seat Of "Uber" Downtown; Joe Finds Naked Man In His Jacuzzi

Thursday, July 18, 2019

A woman was at 430 Chestnut St. downtown when an unknown white male wearing a green shirt and khaki shorts attempted to enter the back seat of her vehicle. When she asked him what he was doing he said he thought she was an Uber. The man walked away heading north on Chestnut Street. Police checked the area, but he could not be located.

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Police responded on a shoplifting at 501 Signal Mountain Road at Walmart. A loss prevention specialist said two white females (one heavy set, one medium build) had stolen items. The pair would then attempt to return some items receiving a false profit for items they had never purchased. An officer observed camera footage of the women selecting, concealing and leaving the store with the items. At this time, no further suspect information is know besides the physical description of the females given. 

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A woman said she was at Panera Bread when her Kate Spade wallet was stolen. The wallet was cream colored and is worth approximately $110. She did not realize it was stolen until someone tried to use her American Express card. However, prior to using the American Express the unknown suspect used her debit card to purchase $350 worth of merchandise at a Best Buy and her Visa to purchase $2,700 worth of merchandise at the same Best Buy. She canceled all credit cards and her money was refunded. 

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A thief stole the fuel from a church-owned Ford E350 van. The fuel filter was damaged, and a hole drilled in the gas tank. A church official said that the van will most likely have to be towed as it is not drivable with a hole in the tank. He said the tank will cost in excess of $300, the fuel filter $30 and it is unknown as to the towing and labor cost. 

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The manager of SteinMart at Hamilton Place said two black females shoplifted. She said one female had on a black shirt and light pink hat, while the other had long braids and was wearing a white shirt. The manager said both were familiar from shoplifting incidents in the past. The two females went to the men's underwear section and emptied out eight packages of Polo underwear, a pack of Polo socks and a pack of three pairs of Polo socks into the bag they entered the store with. The female suspects hid the packaging and exited through the front door. Photos of the suspects were obtained from store cameras. 

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At the Mapco at 1227 E Main St. at 2:05 a.m., an unknown black male entered. He was approximately in his 40s, wearing a black hat, blue shirt, and khaki pants. He went straight to the beer cooler and grabbed two cases of 12-ounce cans of Bud Lite and one case of 12-ounce cans of Coors Light. He carried all three cases of beer past all points of sale and left the store without paying for the beer. The manager said the suspect left traveling eastbound towards 14th Street. She was able to pull up video of the suspect taking the beer from the store. The total value of the three cases of beer taken is $37.47.

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A woman on Wayne Avenue said several minutes before police arrival, a white sedan (possibly a Toyota) pulled up into the driveway of her residence. She said a white male got out of the vehicle. He was older, with a white beard, and he wore regular glasses, was heavy set, wearing purple/blue scrubs. He was there for 5-6 minutes. The man knocked on her side door, then knocked on her front door with a rock. Without making contact with anyone in the home the man returned to his vehicle and left. The woman observed all of this from a home security system on camera.

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Police located Nathan Hepburn sleeping in his vehicle beside Planet Fitness on Highway 153. Mr. Hepburn stated he was in Chattanooga to go on a date with a female he met on a dating website. He said the female canceled their date and he did not want to rent a motel room, so he was crashing for the night in his vehicle.

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On Skylark Traill, a man named Joe wanted to report "suspicious activity." He said he noticed a black male sitting in his jacuzzi and that he was naked. Joe said he yelled at him to leave and the male ran off his property. The naked man was last seen heading towards Melinda Drive. 

 


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