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Crime Stoppers: Sunglasses bandit chooses interesting wardrobe

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Chester Cheetah of Cheetos fame used to say, "It ain't easy being cheesy." If he had known he would make an appearance on Crime Stoppers, on a suspect's pants no less, he may have said something else entirely. The video in this week's case is crystal clear.

"I was really excited to feature him this week because you get a real good look at this guy. It's pretty distinctive clothing," said Chattanooga Police Officer Mark Frazer. "Somebody knows this guy. I can't wait to put him in jail."

It was a mid-October afternoon when our bad guy, obviously a Louisville fan and cheese curl aficionado, decided to steal from Northgate mall. He did not go for jewelry or electronics, though.

"This guy goes in the Lenscrafters and proceeds to take over $800 worth of expensive sunglasses as though they belonged to him," Officer Frazer explained.

Store surveillance video clearly shows him walk, hitch up his Chester Cheetah pants and pocket a pair of glasses.

"Watch him as he walks through," Frazer said. "He's got some special moves that he uses that he thinks, maybe, hide his activities. But, these video cameras do a great job catching activity. Watch it with the sunglasses right into his pockets."

"You can also see him kind of do some shifty little eyes towards employees to see if he's been caught," added Frazer.

He had not been seen. Store workers only learned they had been hit when they took inventory at closing.

This guy has the guts to keep shopping. On his last lap of the showroom, he seems to have changed his mind about palming one last pair on his way out.

We are knee-deep in holiday shopping, now. Would some free cash help you fill some wish-list requests? If you know anything about this guy, we can hook you up.

"If doing it because it's the right thing to do is not incentive enough, well then, I'll pay," said Frazer. "I'll give you money. I don't want your name. I'm going to give you a number and I'm gonna cut you a check if you can give me information leads to this man spending some time behind bars."

These small crimes are connected to bigger cases. Shoplifting and petty theft lead to drug cases which lead to violence in our community. So, help us head this guy off. If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333

If you get voice mail, leave a number for Frazer to get back to you with questions he may have. Up to $1,000 is up for grabs and he will never ask your name.

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