Police Blotter: Sunglasses Thieves Get Away With $900 In Merchandise; Uber Driver Not Drunk After All

Saturday, June 23, 2018

A man told police his Iphone was stolen at the Best Buy parking lot on Gunbarrel Road. He went there to sell a phone to a person he met through social media. When he allowed the suspect to look at the phone while sitting in her car she left in her vehicle without paying him for the phone. He said it was a black Iphone 8+ worth over $1,000. The suspect, who was listed as Kyla Jones, left in a silver Toyota.

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 Wendell Bruce said an unknown white mail had stolen his truck on E. 23rd Street. It had multiple pieces of landscaping equipment on it. The truck had a GPS locater on it and it was showing around the 600 Block of S. Holtzclaw Avenue. After hearing the possible location of the vehicle on the radio an officer Bruce was able to locate it. When the officer found the vehicle the suspect had already fled the scene. Mr. Bruce was able to recover his vehicle and the property that had not been taken from the trailer. Two items were taken from the trailer by the suspect when he fled - a Stihl backpack leaf blower and a Stihl Chainsaw. The vehicle had been crashed by the suspect and had to be towed, There is video of the incident from two local business: Hinton's Man Up Business and Bojanles.

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A resident of Fernleaf Lane said that he last had his phone in an Uber taxi when he was dropped off at his home around 3 a.m. After he had been home a while, he finally realized that he had left the phone in the taxi. He later contacted the driver but his phone was gone. He said he was able to track his phone by GPS to an address on Hunt Avenue. However, he later tracked the phone to the Signal Mountain area where he finally lost contact with it and he now has no idea where it is. 

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A Uber driver on Broad Street said for the past two days someone has reported to Uber that he was driving while intoxicated. This is causing Uber to place a temporary ban on his account so that he cannot work. Mr. Scott believes that a former employer is the one filing the complaints due to the fact that they started shortly after he ran into him on a pickup two days earlier. Police said the driver showed no signs of intoxication and requested a police report to reflect his condition.

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A man at 301 Cherokee Blvd. said in the early morning hours someone stole his bicycle from outside of his apartment. He said the bike was not secured. Itis a Trek 26inch road bike matte black with red accents and a rack over the rear tire. He said it is a new bicycle that he paid $1,200 for. 

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Police got a call about shoplifting at Old Navy at 2220 Hamilton Place Blvd. Upon arrival, police made contact with the business manager who said two females came inside the business at around 2:29 p.m.. They picked up two bags and started to fill them up with merchandise. One of the females left to get their vehicle as the other one left through the back door. It is unknown what type of vehicle the suspects were driving. Police searched the area for the suspects, but were not able to locate them. 

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At Eyeglass World at 2004 Gunbarrel Road, the  business manager said  she observed a female grab three pairs of sunglasses and hide them inside her purse. When she tried to stop the suspect, she challenged the manageri at which point  shei decided to stay back and wait for police to arrive. The female got inside a green Honda where a male was waiting for her. Police searched the area but were not able to find the suspects. The value of the stolen merchandise was around $900. 

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At Big Frog Mountain on Hixson Pike, Thomas Tripp said someone stole two flower planters from the front of the building. He said one was a smaller stainless steel planter with flowers and the other was a larger plastic gray flower planter with flowers. 




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