Police Blotter: Man Digs Up Old Gun In His Yard On Wheeler Avenue

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Wheeler Avenue resident told police that he was doing yard work and discovered a handgun buried in his yard. He said the firearm did not belong to him. Police could determine that the firearm was a firestorm 1911 government 45 AUTO but were unable to read the serial number do to the rusty condition of the gun. Police submitted it to the Chattanooga Property Division for safe keeping.

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Interviewed at the Red Roof Inn on Williams Street, Clarissa Brown said the guy she was riding with, Antione "Cornbread" Hamilton, drove off with her belongings. Police located Cornbread in the lobby of the hotel. He said he was waiting there for her to come get her stuff. Ms. Brown collected her belongings and Mr. Hamilton left without incident. 

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On Windsor Street officers met with a woman who said her boyfriend went out to her vehicle and saw that all four tires had been slashed. Police did notice cuts on the Dextero 225-60-16 tires. The woman said her and some neighborss had been involved in several verbal arguments both in person and via cellphone. She believes the neighbors to have been the suspects but has no evidence to prove her accusation. She said it would cost her around $500 to get all four tires replaced. 

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At Academy Sport at 2220 Hamilton Place Blvd., the manger said an unknown white male and an unknown white female entered the store amd concealed multiple items into a Nike back pack. They  then left the store passing all points of sale. A store employee attempted to stop the male when he was leaving the store, but the man ran and got into a U-Haul van in the parking lot. Police were unable to identify the suspects and unable to get a plate number for the van. The manager of the store estimated the price of the items taken to be $500. 

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At Carriage Parc Drive, a woman said she left her house at 8:02 p.m. to go get groceries and, when she returned to her house at 9:57 p.m., she found a noose in her cabinet. She said she just changed her locks and that she was sure she locked her door. Nothing was taken from her house and she is not sure who did this. 

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A woman notified officers that her car had been broken into at 700 Pine St. Officers observed the Nissan Sentra with the front passenger window broken out causing some $140 in damage. The victim also stated that her wallet with $500 in cash was stolen as well as her Rayban sunglasses worth $300. 

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A man said sometime during the night an unknown party entered his unlocked 2017 Jeep Cherokee and stole several items. It was parked at 1003 N Market St. He said the thief took his spare tire, his car jack and two pairs of tennis shoes. Also taken was a Lenovo think pad which belongs to his employer.

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A woman said that during her yard sale on E. 33rd Street, a black male with a thick build, curly hair, and around 30 years old, had given her a $100 bill to buy $75 worth of miscellaneous items. She told the man that she did not have change. The man told her he would pick out more items. The woman said she was so excited about getting a $100 bill that she did not check it. It turned out to be fake. 

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A resident of Booth Road said someone entered her 2005 Sion XA and stole several items. She said there was no damage to the vehicle and she does not know how the thief gained entry. Items taken included a phone charger, magnetic phone stand, black bank bag, $500 cash and her Social Security card.

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While patrolling on Tennessee Avenue, police noticed a man who appeared to be dancing in the street. Police got out with the man who turned out to be Jeffery Boozer. He had a bag in his hand that appeared to be an alcoholic beverage of some sort. Judging by how he was swaying and slurring his words police could tell he was intoxicated. Police made the decision to escort Mr. Boozer safely to his home after discarding the alcoholic beverage in the bag. 

 



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