Police Blotter: Large Cooking Oil Purchase At Publix Raises Suspicion

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A woman told police she became concerned when a female ahead of her in line at the Publix grocery store in East Brainerd bought a large amount of cooking oil.

She said the woman loaded 20 48-ounce bottles of the oil into her buggy.

She told police she feared the woman might be using it to make a bomb.

The cooking oil purchaser was described as 5'4" and 140 pounds with black hair and a dark complexion. She had a mole "or something" on her face and appeared to be either Hispanic or Asian Indian.

She departed in a dark gray minivan. The witness was unable to get the tag number.

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Myra Byrom parked her car in front of 417 Market St.

When she returned, three newspaper machines had been pushed into her car.

Police said they did not see any damage to the vehicle.

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Willie Barrow of O'rear Street said he woke up to find an intruder in his bedroom.

He said it was a black male who was 6' and 200 pounds.

The man ran out of the room and out the back door.

The would be thief had broken a glass on a rear door to get inside.

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At Barger School on Brainerd Road, Principal Greg Bagby said two more classrooms were broken into.

The rooms selected were those that did not have shades on the windows.

Desktop computers were taken from the classrooms.

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Maggie Hodges of Oliver Street found her back door ajar.

The door had been pried open and the deadbolt was in the kitchen floor.

Several drawers were gone through by the burglar.

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Owens Mills of Haywood Avenue found his front door had been kicked in.

Items taken include two TVs, two XBoxes, $400 cash, five video games, four XBox controllers and a laptop computer.   


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