Police Blotter: "Cheeto Man" Eludes Women Shopkeepers

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A thief known on Frazier Avenue for his penchant for Cheetos eluded two female shopkeepers who chased him after a theft at their store.

Allie Thomas, manager of Embellish, said a black male came in the store, looked around and was asking about items for his wife before leaving.

She said she and clerk Gretchen Dunigan were in the back when the man came back in, grabbed a handbag and fled.

The two women took off after him, and Ms. Dunigan caught up with him and snatched the handbag. The thief went on running.

He is described as being in his late 30s or early 40s, with short hair.

Police said he is "known to steal from other shops" and is called "Cheeto Man" because he always tries to make off with the Cheetos at Subway.

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On Water Street, Aisha Waldrop told police she was at work when someone forced open her back door and took her rented big-screen TV.

Police said they found no sign of forced entry, and said in the hour since the reported theft that Ms. Waldrop already had another TV in its place.

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Shantel Worbington of 12th Street said her place was vandalized by her child's father, Jerodrick Washington.

She showed where a glass table, two ceiling fans, a toilet and three windows were broken. A sheetrock wall had been kicked in three places.

Police caught up with Washington, who admitted vandalizing the toilet and glass table. He was arrested for vandalism.

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A man on Hickory Valley Road said he heard his dog bark, then went outside to find his car was missing.

Officer Joe Montijo quickly spotted the missing car in the next-door neighbor's yard. It had been driven into the side of the neighbor's Honda Civic, damaging the passenger side door and severely damaging the rear wheels.

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Angela Holsomback of Kinsey Drive said she woke up Jason Didicher for work, and he became angry that he was late.

She said he began choking her, but she was finally able to get free. She said he then broke a picture frame and threw the broken glass at her. She was struck with the glass by her nose near her left eye. He then threw a plate at her, and it hit her left elbow.

A warrant was issued against him for aggravated assault.

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Megan Kirk said Carrie Foster began harassing her while they both were driving on Brown's Ferry Road.

She said it continued onto Cummings Highway, including Ms. Foster giving her the middle finger signal.

She was finally able to get away, she said.

A magistrate refused to sign a warrant in the case. However, General Sessions Court Judge Ron Durby agreed to sign it.

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Troy Hilliard of Polk Street found that $5,000 worth of copper wiring had been stripped from a home he owns.

He said it had recently been placed into conduit and an electrical plate.

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A woman on Spears Avenue in North Chattanooga said drug dealers keep her up at night. She said she could not sleep and she asked three neighbors she says sell drugs to hold it down.

She said they yell at each other and at potential customers.

She said one who works the corner of Spears and Peak is a convicted sex offender.

The woman said she has repeatedly complained to the Chattanooga Police Department, but there has only been one arrest in two years.

She said she is afraid to go into local stores for fear of retribution. She said, "I fear who might walk up behind me."

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Two youths walking on Central Avenue said a guy named "Sneaky" swerved his blue pickup truck toward them.

Sneaky is 5'7" and 160 pounds and has braids and a dark complexion.

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Shata Williams of Citico Avenue said an empty liquor bottle was thrown through her front window.

A witness said a car pulled up in front of the house and a black girl about seven years old in a school uniform got out of the red or maroon Chrysler.

She said the girl walked up to the porch, threw something, then ran back to the car.

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Police got a report of two prostitutes in a dispute with their pimp on the sidewalk on Woodside Street.

The ladies and the pimp were gone when officers rolled around.


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