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Crime Stoppers: Pick-Pocketed at the Grocery

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WRCB-TV) - It was a mid-July evening and Floyd Ashley was picking up a few things at the United Grocery Outlet on Highway 58. It is something he has done for years. But this time, as surveillance photos show, he was approached by a man: about 6'2", 180 lbs., maybe 18-25 years old. "He was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans," CPD Officer Nathan Hartwig described, "and he had a necklace on that had a cross medallion hanging off of it."

Ashley had briefly spoken to the man in the front of the store. "He targeted this man out," added Hartwig, "and he saw an opportunity and took it."

When the two were all alone in an aisle, the man bumped Ashley and picked his pocket. He remembered, "I said, 'You got my wallet!' And he said, 'I did not!' And he dropped kinda to the floor. I don't know what that was about. He ducked down and then he ran by, he started running and I knew that he had."

A few people in the store gave chase, but this bad guy got away with the wallet. "I couldn't run," said Ashley. "I can't run, so I couldn't catch him. I thought later, I could've hit hi with a can of soup or something, maybe."

The robbery has been a hardship for Ashley and his family. "My wife immediately canceled all my credit cards. He did get my social security card," he said. "I had pictures and things, newspaper clippings, things that I did not want to get rid of. He didn't need `em."

Ashley has since returned to the store, but puts his wallet in a front pocket, now. "I was telling a man about it and he said, 'Well, maybe he needed it.' And, you know, I never looked at it from that standpoint. But I needed it, too," Ashley said. "I just couldn't forgive the guy for doing it. He took a lot of things that was mine and not his."

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