Crime Stoppers: Wallet Lifted at Bi-Lo
We have all done it: gotten in a rush and misplaced our keys or our cell phones or, heaven forbid, our wallets. That happened to this week's Crime Stoppers victim. Thankfully, where she left it is outfitted with video surveillance and gives us pretty good pictures of the person police say made off with it.
This week, perhaps the ultimate crime of opportunity. It was a mid-September Saturday at the Bi-Lo on East 23rd. Our victim had filled her cart and was checking out at the register. With her purchase complete, she headed out into the parking lot, never realizing she had left her wallet inside, right by the card reader.
Chattanooga Police Officer Tim McFarland explains, the cashier did not notice it either. "That time of night, it's not unusual to have 20 to 30 people in line," he said. "So, they've got to push these customers through and keep going with business."
Detectives tell us the next customer in line did take note and took possession of the victim's wallet. Lucky for us, the store surveillance cameras give us a pretty clear view. "The suspect was a black female in a white shirt," Officer McFarland explained. "She's heavy-set. She was with, I'm assuming it was her husband or significant other. He was in one of the electric wheelchairs and was also wearing a white shirt."
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"It's not uncommon to accidentally leave something; it's just unfortunate that she left it there," McFarland said. "It's even more unfortunate that the suspect in this case, you know, took off with it."
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