Theft victims thank witness for calling police, following suspects
Two theft suspects are behind bars in Chattanooga thanks to the quick actions of a Good Samaritan. A heating and air worker was on the job in a Hixon neighborhood, when he spotted two men stealing from a nearby home.
He immediately called 911 and followed the duo as they led police through Red Bank on a high speed chase, which ended in a crash.
It's quite the story and one police say makes a good example of how the community plays a big part in catching "bad guys." The Boles family says they just wants to express their appreciation for the witness going above and beyond to protect their property.
Theft suspects Edward Moore and Deonta Ford lead police on a high speed chase after they were spotted breaking into a Hixson home in broad daylight Tuesday. They raced a van down Dayton Boulevard onto to Highway 27 North, then onto Mountain Creek Road, where they crashed.
One ran into the woods, but both ended up in hand cuffs. It's all thanks to a Good Samaritan. Bill Owens Heating & Air General Manager Shane Johnson was in the neighborhood doing an estimate, when he says he saw the two men carrying a large TV out of a home. He called 911, and followed the pair until police caught up to them.
"He calls me and says don't be upset, but you might get a phone call from the police department. I'm chasing a crook," business owner Bill Owens said.
Wednesday the theft victims met up with Johnson to say thank you. The Boles family says it's hard to believe a stranger would go to such great lengths to help them.
"This doesn't happen every day. Not many honest people. He was very attentive. People generally can pass by and miss things and he just knew just exactly how to react and respond and went above and beyond," theft victim Mark Boles said.
The thieves got away with money, jewelry, five laptops and their TV. The TV was returned to them Wednesday. They won it together in an arcade on vacation.
"It's the memories in that TV. The insurance company can't give you that back," theft victim Monica Boles said.
Johnson is modest about it. His boss says that's just the kind of good guy he is. Police say there need to be more like him.
"We don't have enough officers on the street to be everywhere and see everything so having the community if somebody doesn't look right 'I think you all need to check this out,' is the backbone of what we do," Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said.
Deonta Ford and Edward Moore have both faced multiple theft charges in the past.
In total, the Boles said they had about 30 items stolen from their home. The TV is the only thing that's been returned to them so far.