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Crime Stoppers: Stolen Lawn Mower May Be Tip of the Iceberg

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It was about 4:00 in the morning when two men started poking around a home on South Crest Road, back in July. It does not seem they realized they were on camera. "It's a fairly safe neighborhood up on the ridge, and there's not a lot of complaints there," said Chattanooga Police Detective Larry Lockmiller. "I think it was just a crime of opportunity."

"They walk around a detached garage and then they take a $400 Toro lawn mower," the detective continued. "I think that was a bonus. I mean, they were there just to see what they could find and they came across the mower."

Helping us in this week's case is home surveillance video. Police say two black males are seen committing the theft. "One of them has a full beard," Det. Lockmiller explained, "one of them does appear to have facial hair. The one with the full beard has the best shot on the camera and that's our best chance to find out his identity."

The way the camera was mounted keeps us from getting more of a description of the duo. "It's difficult because of the video, the way it's pointing down," said Lockmiller, "it gives and illusion that they could be shorter than they really are.">

So, it comes down to whether or not these are familiar faces or perhaps you have heard something about this crime. Up to $1,000 is waiting for the right tip.

Coincidentally, if you are wondering why we'd feature a simple lawn mower theft, Det. Lockmiller added, "This is probably not their first time doing this and it might lead to other crimes being solved."

If our pictures and video have peaked your interest, help set investigators in the right direction. Call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333

Reward cash is waiting and, while a police officer may answer the phone or return your call, he will never ask your identity.

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