Crime Stoppers: Police seek suspected car burglar caught on camera
In Crime Stoppers, one person caused an awful lot of havoc in more than one neighborhood. He went car to car gathering a bunch of credit cards and when he went to use them, we got his picture. These photos could lead you to a cash reward.
You would think inexpensive, good quality cameras everywhere would serve as a deterrent to this type of thing, but they do not. So, we have up to $1,000 Crime Stoppers cash if you can help us figure out who this bad guys is.
"How quickly he went through the neighborhoods and quickly used those credit cards at a nearby store," said Chattanooga Police Sgt. Victor Miller, "we know that this is not his first time." The neighborhoods were in Hixson and one night in June, investigators say the man went on a bit of a spree.
"He went from the street to street, subdivision to subdivision, breaking into vehicles, taking items," Sgt. Miller explained, "and he immediately used those stolen credit cards and debit cards at the Walmart in Hixson." That is where we get a good look at him. "The white male is wearing a Realtree shirt," Miller continued. "He's probably still wearing that same shirt every day and he has facial hair that me stand out to you."
This crook took his time while everyone slept. Between midnight and six, he looked for and found vehicles left unlocked and loaded with things he could use. "You know, it's not the victim's fault," Miller said. "A lot of the times we say, you know, 'you shouldn't leave those things in your car,' which is true. But also, we shouldn't have criminals out committing these offenses. So, if we're able to put this criminal behind bars, he will not make victims any further."
So, have a close look at the photo above. The one from a parking lot camera shows what he was driving; looks to be a Nissan Sentra or similar type car.
Put the clues together, call with any information you have, earn some reward cash, and keep yourself from being his next victim. "What we know is that criminals continue to commit the same offense until we stop them," said Sgt. Miller. "So, he's gonna keep doing the same thing until we put him behind bars."
If you recognize this man, we want to hear from you, whether or not you know his name. if you are friends with or a family member to him, he will never know you helped us.
Do everyone a favor and call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333
Up to $1,000 is on the table and we will never ask your name.