CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Theft suspect breaks into car in downtown Chattanooga
Police are urging the public to lock their cars, following a string of break-ins at a downtown apartment complex.
The suspect was caught on camera and the people he stole from are hoping others will recognize him.
"I'm upset. I'm livid, and I'm pissed off," said Theresa Grace, a victim of a car break-in.
Grace says her car was broken into late Wednesday night at the River Set Apartment Complex in downtown Chattanooga.
"I had this total stranger break into my vehicle and tear up the inside of it," Grace told Channel 3.
Before going to bed Wednesday night, Grace put an Arlo camera on the dashboard of her Jeep, just in case something happened to it while the soft-top was on.
When she looked at the footage Thursday morning, she got emotional.
"I looked at it and I was like oh my God and my hands were shaking. My husband was in the shower and I went in there and said, 'John, this guy broke into my jeep last night.' And I was very upset about it," recalled Grace.
The suspect that police need your help identifying is an African American male with a mustache and a goatee. He is wearing glasses and has tattoos on both arms.
Police say Theresa Grace's car was not the only car in the parking lot the suspect hit.
"Stuff was everywhere. One of my fishing poles was bent. He ashed a cigarette out in my car, actually," Ryan Blackstone told Channel 3.
The suspect took Blackstone's wallet too. He says, losing something more valuable than money is the hardest part.
They stole a coin that my middle school football coach gave me, and it had a lot of value to me. It was important to me and what it meant. I'd really like to get it back," said Blackstone.
Grace hopes someone in the community will see her video and shine light on who this man is so they can close the case.
"Own up to who he is. Yes, that's my brother; yes, that's my friend, that's somebody I went to school with. I know this guy. I want them to turn him in," said Grace.
The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the break-ins. If you recognize the man in the video, you are asked to give them a call at 423-698-2525.
Investigators want to remind people to take your valuables with you and always lock your car.