Manhunt for battery bandit spans three counties - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Manhunt for battery bandit spans three counties

Posted:

CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB)  --  Steven Williams is the president and co-owner of Steve Williams Construction in Cleveland. Earlier this month his business took a hard hit.  

"We'd come in Monday morning to go to work and noticed none of the machines would start, started checking batteries and very quickly realized that all of the batteries had been cut off approximately 28 machines," says Williams.  

The burglary set the company back two weeks of work and was extremely costly.

"Just in the batteries, cables, damage to the machines and parts, probably in the $50,000 range," Williams says.  

Detectives believe Williams' business is just one on a list of area companies including a Bradley County marine shop hit by the same person, 19-year-old Scottie Lee Higgins.

The owner of J & J Marine Sales says 30 batteries were stolen from his boats.   

"They were simply taking cutters, cutting the lines and pulling the battery out," says Cleveland Detective Matt Jenkins.

Jenkins says the burglaries started in Ooltewah and Collegedale, and then moved to Cleveland and Bradley County. But they didn't identify a suspect until after Chattanooga police came face-to-face with him a couple days later on Signal Mountain Road, where they caught him in the act.

He was arrested and cited for vandalism, but was not taken into custody. He hasn't been seen since.

"We've actually tracked him to three different addresses and they're all in three separate counties. We've got Meigs County, Hamilton county, then also here in Bradley County," Jenkins says.  

The Cleveland Police Department is offering a cash reward and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office says it will match that for any information leading to Higgins' arrest.

"Even if you don't know where he is but you know information about where these batteries went, if you've helped him haul them. I'd much rather you be a witness than a defendant," Higgins says.

"I'm not saying that we don't look for the full measure of justice for where we're at but there is a lot of people praying for this young man," says Williams.  

  • NewsMore>>

  • Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Channel 3 AM Forecast

    Sunny and warm.  Heavy pollen.More
    Clouds building late.  Light showers Tuesday.
    More
  • Warm today. Heavy pollen. Light showers Tuesday.

    Warm today. Heavy pollen. Light showers Tuesday.

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:31 AM EDT2014-04-21 09:31:26 GMT
    (WRCB) - Good Monday. As you head out this morning, temps will be in the upper 40s and low 50s. The only problem you might face this morning will be the extremely heavy levels of tree pollen in the air. The warm air will feel good, though. The high today should reach 78 degrees.Late today into tonight clouds will build, and we will see some light rain showers Tuesday morning.More
    (WRCB) - Good Monday. As you head out this morning, temps will be in the upper 40s and low 50s. The only problem you might face this morning will be the extremely heavy levels of tree pollen in the air. The warm air will feel good, though. The high today should reach 78 degrees.Late today into tonight clouds will build, and we will see some light rain showers Tuesday morning.More
  • UAW to appeal VW labor vote Monday

    UAW to appeal VW labor vote Monday

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-20 22:23:34 GMT
    The UAW will present their case Monday morning at the Hamilton County Courthouse in front of a judge for the National Labor Relations Board.More
    The UAW will present their case Monday morning at the Hamilton County Courthouse in front of a judge for the National Labor Relations Board.
    More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.