CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) -- Chattanooga police put a dent in crime over the weekend. Officers saturated several of the cities "problem areas". The operation netted 48 suspected criminals.
Police say it's in an effort to address city-wide problems with car break-ins, burglaries and other offenses including gun crimes.
The crimes are happening all over town at mall, apartment complex and grocery store parking lots. It is typical to see a spike in car break-ins during the holiday season, that's why police are doing what they can to curb crime now.
"I was sick to my stomach," says car break-in victim, Kesia Dixon. It's break in stories like Dixon's that detectives are trying to curb.
"They busted out the window," she says. "I opened up the door, there's glass everywhere and my C.D. player is gone."
Dixon lost her radio, but more than that her sense of security. Chattanooga Detective, Tim Tomisek, usually sees a spike in car break-ins, when people warm their cars up in the cold.
"We get warrants on people we haven't been able to find," Tomisek says. "Saturations are really good about getting suspects locked up on charges."
This latest saturation ended in 88 charges, 134 citations, 10 drug arrests, more than $2,000 and one vehicle seized. Detectives focused on property offenses and associated gun crimes.
"Friday we caught a guy in the parking of Ridgedale Baptist Church," says Tomisek. "He was about to break into a car."
Tomisek knows the holiday season is another reason for a spike in crime. The steps to protect yourself are easy enough.
"You don't leave your purse in the car," says Dixon. "You should always take it with you, and you don't leave other electronics in the car."
The experience only made Dixon more vigilant. Detective Tomisek says the top two things thieves look for are electronics and purses.
"Hide everything," Tomisek says. "Hide it before you park, circle the parking lot and if you see someone suspicious don't park near them."
Chattanooga Police plan crime saturations periodically. The arrests happened all over town, many of the suspects also ended up with additional drug charges.
Arrested in the operation were:
Cleomon Dunlap, 40, Criminal Trepass-2 Counts, Evading Arrest, and Criminal Impersonation
James Atkinson, Jr., 23, Aggravated Assault- Domestic
Richard Williams, 55, Aggravated Assault-Domestic and Felony Reckless Endangerment- Domestic
Walter Hayes, 24, Domestic Assault and Vandalism- Domestic
Edwin Robinson, 35, Theft, reckless driving, reckless endangerment
James Ware, 43, Criminal Trespass
Cameron Williams, 27, Driving on Revoked, Light Law Violation
David Ray (Patton) 28, Domestic Assault and Theft Under $500
Jeremy Ballard, 24, Failure to Appear- Criminal Trespassing
Darrell Armour, Jr., 22, Possession of Crack Cocaine for Resale
Demetricus Lewis, 40, Public Intoxication
Xavier Turner, 21, Possession of Marijuana
William Stamper, 19, Driving w/o license, Seatbelt
Amber Kennedy, 26, Failure to maintain lane, open container, revoked DL
Tamasha Williams, 35, Revoked License
Edward King, 57, Suspended License, Poss. of drug paraphernalia
Carla Singleton, 47, Poss. of drug paphernalia, Criminal Impersonation
Corey Twitty, 30, Poss. Of Marijuana, Revoked License, Registration Viol., Poss. of cocaine resale
Joe Young, 23, Revoked License, Criminal Impersonation
Herman Brown, 53, DUI, Suspended License
Eric White, 37, Child Support
Annie Williams, 53, Domestic Assault, passing worthless checks x2
Durell Witcher, 26, Revoked License
London Crutcher, 22, Agg. Trespassing, Marijuana resale, poss. drug paraphernalia
Troy Martin, 35, Failure to Appear
Leander Johnson, 54, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Robbie Bell, 32, Aggravated Trespassing
David Franklin, [Age Not Released], Possession of Marijuana
Carlos Garrett, 39, Poss. of a controlled substance, Contempt of Court
Cornelius Garrett, 36, Habitual Traffic Offender
Maasi Kingston, 40, Suspended License
Henry Bennett, 21, Revoked License
Richard Shipley, 42, Suspended License
Wendell Kilgore, 37, poss. of a controlled substance
Terrence Peney, 50, Light law, revoked license
Randal Beene, 49, poss. of crack cocaine
James Greer, 52, Public Intoxication
Rachael Williams, 40, poss. of crack cocaine
Emory Jackson, 23, Criminal Trespass
Dominic Jones, 23, Criminal Trespass
William Foster, 49, Revoked License
Dexter [Last Name Not Released], [Age Not Released], Forgery
Tyrell Pitner,21, poss. of a controlled substance x2
Martemius Smith, 35, Contempt of Court x6, Agg. Burglary x2, Criminal Impersonation
Leslie Taylor, 49, Felony poss.of Meth, poss. of a controlled substance x2, drug paraphernalia
Shon Blanks, 34, Revoked License
Joshua Frazier, 31, Domestic Assault
Michael Springs, 32, Poss. Marijuana, Fel. Poss of a firearm
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