published Friday, October 16th, 2009

Chattanooga: Police conduct honesty test, eight arrested

Chattanooga police have arrested eight people and charged them with theft under $500 in connection with a sting that was conducted at Walmart parking lots in Chattanooga.

Investigators with the police property crimes division set up Thursday in the lots of the Walmart in Brainerd and Gunbarrel Road. The operation used two females who posed as shoppers leaving their purses on the trunks of their vehicle, then walking into the Walmart.

Charge with theft under $500 were Jermichael Bowling, Kelshia Hicks, Gaynor Espy, Joe Young, Sandra Harris, Marlin Dewayne Gates, Monica Gates and Elvis Carbajal-Osorio.

“With the holiday season approaching, Chattanooga police are taking a pro-active approach in deterring thefts from vehicles, auto thefts and parking lot robberies by conducting these types of stings and getting the message out we are out in the communities and are working to prevent these types of crimes,” said police spokeswoman Lt. Kim Noorbergen.

Chattanooga police also reported that there were more honest shoppers than thieves, and 30 to 35 people who saw the purses that had been left quickly turned them in to the store.

“Chattanooga police want to commend these honest people and thank them for their honesty,” the lieutenant said.

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Kidpolitico said...

Is this the best way to be spending our tax money.... by putting a carrot in front of a dishonest person (entrapment)? I don't feel sorry for the losers who got busted, but shouldn't we be looking for punks busting car windows for grab and go crimes? You'd be catching real criminals.... those habitual bandits are a real problem in this town. So boys, try again to impress us... earn you pay and bust a real criminal. Kid Politico

October 16, 2009 at 3:28 p.m.
brandon83 said...

News flash: "10 more people shot overnight in Chattanooga. Now on a good note, we entrapped 8 people who found a purse in a parking lot."

Way to fight the real crime boys...

October 16, 2009 at 3:51 p.m.
joecrash1 said...

They should re-re-re-rename the police services center after the genius who figured out this gem.

October 16, 2009 at 10:02 p.m.
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