Crime Stoppers: Mid-morning burglary from car at gym
This week's crime would suggest that hiding your wallet, purse, gifts, or valuables in your trunk, is no longer effective.
They struck on a Sunday. The thieves were working on the weekend in the light of day. "I was pretty devastated," said our victim. "I am one of the more cautious people, I'm rarely even out after dark."
She had gone to work-out just before lunchtime on July 31st. "When I reached the machines that are closer to the windows," she explained, "I looked up and noticed that my car window look a little differently."
It had been broken, providing a way into the car to get to the trunk release. "The victim in this case did exactly what we have asked," said Chattanooga Police Officer Victor Miller. "She put her purse in the trunk. What she didn't know was that someone was watching her."
When she took that extra step to protect her valuables, they apparently noted something important. "Women usually have purses," Off. Miller said. "If you get out of the vehicle without a purse, the suspects, that they're watching, are going to go look in your vehicles to see if they can see a purse."
Pictures of the duo is using the woman's cards pulled from surveillance show them to be young white females, one blonde, one brunette. "You'll see that they'll use multiple different credit cards," Miller explained, "some of the stuff from the victim you heard from today and some of many other victims."
That leads to this advice for cashiers. "It definitely is suspicious if you have one person using multiple different credit cards to buy multiple different gift cards," said Miller. If this happens, do not complete the sale. Instead, call police.
The victim was reunited with her purse and wallet minus cash, cards, and phone, later. But, she wants to spare others the headache. "You never know what brings someone to do things like this. You know? You never know someone's personal situation," she said. "But, to be so brazen as to do this, 11 o'clock on a Sunday morning, and broad daylight is just beyond me. That they think they're not going to get caught? So, I do hope that they're caught and prosecuted."
Ladies, if you are in a place where you can be observed while you are parking, the only place your valuables are truly safe is in your possession. If your gym offers lockers, use them.
As for the bad girls, we have up to $1,000 if you can give us a name or two and they will never know it was you who turned them in. Call: 698-3333
If you get voicemail, leave a way for Officer Miller to get back with you. He will have questions, but he will never ask for your name.