UPDATE: Signal Mtn. police arrest suspect in car burglaries
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: Signal Mountain police say they have arrested 23-year-old Gregory Hopkins for rash of recent car thefts.
Mike Williams, the Signal Mountain police chief said in an email that Hopkins has been charged with multiple counts of theft from cars he entered earlier this week.
He was arrested after allegedly rummaging through car Thursday morning after a resident spotted him inside her vehicle. Hopkins ran off into the nearby woods, but was found by police after he attempted to flee in his vehicle.
Signal Mountain police have released information on one of the suspects wanted for auto burglaries in the area.
One of the suspects is a white male between 5'10" and 6' tall with a medium build. He does not appear overweight but wears a bulky jacket.
He has long dirty-blond hair. In surveillance video his hair appears to be in 2-pony tails sticking out from under a dark colored hat with CAT in white or yellow for the Caterpillar brand.
He is wearing glasses and has a mustache. He was seen wearing a dark hoodie with a light colored insignia on his upper left chest, blue or black jogging pants with 2-white stripes down the sides in Adidas style and dirty looking tennis shoes.
If you have seen anyone matching this description or have any other information please call the Signal Mountain Police Department.
PREVIOUS STORY: The Signal Mountain Police Department is warning residents to lock their cars and be on alert after a string of recent thefts.
There's been more car thefts on Signal Mountain in the past week than all of last year, according to TBI records.
Police say someone entered at least six unlocked vehicles Monday night in the Brady Point Road area. This, after several other similar incidents were reported in the area last week.
"It appears suspects are walking house to house around 3:00 a.m. and entering vehicles and taking anything of value," Police Chief Mike Williams warned residents by Facebook and email Tuesday night.
Williams confirms with Channel 3 that the thieves are stealing credit cards, GPS devices, loose change and other personal belongings.
Police say they have a lead on one of the credit cards taken last week that was later used at the Brainerd Walmart.
Police have increased patrols in the area but are also warning residents to be proactive and lock vehicles at night.
"Pretty much stopping everything that moves in that area after midnight and we'll eventually catch them," Chief Williams said.
Williams speculates it could be someone from the mountain who knows the area and the back roads.
Some residents on the mountain began calling for cameras to record the license plates of every car that came through town after a rash of break-ins in November.
The Signal Mountain Police Department documented 24 burglaries last year and 10 thefts from motor vehicles, according to the TBI.