UPDATE: Suspects identified in Collegedale chase, linked to crime ring in SE
UPDATE: The four people involved in two chases in Collegedale Tuesday have been identified.
Brittany Ann Rigg is charged with Possession of Stolen Property, Unlawful Removal of Tag, Evading Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, Conspiracy, Theft of Property, Forgery, Identity Theft.
Duane Amerson Wesley Glinton is charged with Evading Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Impersonation, Conspiracy, Theft of Property.
Romane A Dennis is charged with Evading Arrest, Conspiracy, Theft of Property and Tyrell Umar Wright is charged with Evading Arrest, Conspiracy, Theft of Property.
Four people are behind bars after two chases in Collegedale. police say three of those people arrested Tuesday are from Florida and are suspects in a crime ring throughout the southeast.
When pharmacy tech Ben Barton started his workday, he didn't expect to be the witness of a crime.
"This is the window I was looking out when I saw the car going the wrong direction," he said, "and then they went straight back there and pulled into those two parking spaces."
It started around noon Tuesday in the parking lot of Solutions Pharmacy in Ooltewah when Barton noticed people in two cars acting strange.
"Just the way they were acting, really really suspicious. Behind a building putting on a wig and make up and switching your car plates just doesn't add up," he said.
Barton called police to report what he saw. What happened next sounds like it's straight out of a movie.
"I was talking to two police cars right there and he pulled in and I said, 'That's him!' and they took off flying that way and he went that way," he said.
That's right. One of the suspects returned. Collegedale Police later figtured out the suspects tried to pass a stolen check at Regions Bank before returning to the pharmacy parking lot.
"I don't know if it was going to be a meet up point or what was going to happen. That's when the pursuit started," Tanya Sadler with the Collegedale Police Department said.
Police took off after the suspect. At some point, the second suspect joined the chase before surrendering to police. The original vehicle kept going, crashing into a car. Two suspects jumped out and ran away. They would later be arrested. The driver of the vehicles kept going, eventually crashing a second time.
"The driver of the vehicle kept going onto Lee Highway and crashed where we had two private citizens, one who had a concealed carry permit, actually apprehended and held him at gunpoint until police got there," Sadler added.
Police say they couldn't have arrested the four-some had they not had the community's help.
For Barton, it's all in a day's work.
"Watch what's going on and not ignore the little things. The little things are the things that add up," Barton said.
Channel 3 tried to get the names and pictures of those who were arrested. Police weren't ready to release that information just yet because of the pending investigation.
As soon as we know more, we'll be sure to pass it along to you.
Collegedale Police was dispatched around 12:30 P.M. Tuesday about two suspicious vehicles on a local business's parking lot.
The Little Debbie Parkway business called dispatch stating two vehicles were on their parking lot, exchanging license plates on their vehicles and one of the suspects was putting on a wig.
The suspects went to the Regions Bank in Collegedale and attempted to pass a check that was stolen from Chattanooga and used a stolen ID from Franklin, TN.
Both vehicles had left the parking lot before Collegedale police arrived on the scene.
As witnesses were describing the scene to dispatchers, one of the vehicles returned to the parking lot.
Officers tried to stop the vehicle that returned to the scene, the suspect evaded police and headed southbound on Little Debbie Parkway. While chasing one suspect police said, the second suspect joined in on the chase on Little Debbie Parkway and Apison Pike.
Two Collegedale officers were chasing the suspects on Apison Pike and then north onto Ooltewah Ringgold Road. The suspects were weaving in and out of on-coming traffic to evade police.
The second suspect eventually stopped in the 5300 block of Ooltewah Ringgold Road, where a female accomplice was taken into custody without incident by a Collegedale police officer.
The other officer, was still chasing the first suspect who ran a red light at Main Street and Lee Highway, resulting in crashing into a citizen's vehicle. Two suspects ran on foot from this crash. One of these suspects was caught and arrested in a nearby dumpster.
The suspect driving in the car continued driving after the crash on Lee Highway where he crashed again and was chased on foot by police, then was detained by two private citizens.
A third suspect, was arrested a few hours later when he was found hiding underneath a truck in the area.
The three arrested males are from Florida and are suspects in a crime ring throughout the Southeast. Collegedale detectives are investigating the incident further, more detailed will be released when available.