Catoosa County deputies searching for possible auto-burglary suspect
It was early Tuesday morning, when Catoosa County sheriff deputies say a man called 911, saying he witnessed another man trying to steal his car.
“It awoke the people that were there so they came out and from what I understand when as they were coming out the subject left the area,” said Sheriff Gary Sisk.
Sisk says the call came from this building on Lafayette Road. Sisk says the man's car was unlocked.
“There were a few items taken and then there were also some items left on the scene from the individual. Some food items, a cold bottle of water and chocolate milk,” he said.
According to the incident report, they also found a power drill in the driver's seat and metal shavings scattered across the floor. It also notes the suspect entered a second car at that same address. We’re told neither car was damaged.
“We are listing it as a break-in,” Sisk said. “This is the first that's been reported up there so this isn't something of a rash of crime we think the subject might be involved in.”
A few hours later, deputies came across this surveillance video from a tire business next door. It captured the suspect on a bike behind the business. The video shows him park his bike and eventually walk to the car lot next door. That's when the video cuts off, but an incident report states the video continues. The report says the suspect is seen on the lot trying to get into several locked cars, but fails and eventually walks off.
“I think it's more of a crime of opportunity. He happened to be in the area and thought hey I'll go check these over here and started checking doors,” Sisk explained. “That’s why it’s so important to lock your doors.”
Sisk says they have found the suspect's bike and plan to share a picture soon. The suspect is described as a white man who is about six feet tall.
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