published Friday, August 5th, 2011

Two Chattanooga brothers charged with breaking into cars in East Ridge

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Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of car break-ins in East Ridge, police said.

Anthony Lansden, 19, of Chattanooga, and his 16-year-old brother were arrested early this morning in the parking lot of the East Ridge Retirement Center, said Officer Erik Hopkins, spokesman for the city police department.

Lansden was charged with burglary of an automobile, theft, simple possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and now is in Hamilton County Jail, Hopkins said.

His brother was charged with burglary of an automobile and theft and now is in the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center, Hopkins said.

East Ridge police increased their patrols after a recent rash of car break-ins, Hopkins said. A little after 2 a.m. today, officers responded to the area of North Mack Smith Road on a call of suspicious persons.

After finding Lansden and his brother, police discovered a GPS unit in Lansden’s pockets, Hopkins said. The unit had been taken from a vehicle parked at a nearby motel, he said.

Lansden is scheduled to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on Tuesday at 5 p.m., Hopkins said.

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jayhay182 said...

I'm glad they finally caught these crooks. Last week I got in my car and found my glove box and middle console were open. I asked my wife if she had been looking for something earlier and when she said no I realized that someone else had been prowling in our stuff. Nothing was taken, we don't keep money or credit cards in the car, do not have a GPS or any other electronics and I guess they didn't like our kids collection of Spongebob and Veggie Tales CD's. One of our car doors must have been unlocked because we always do lock the car and there was no sign of a "break in". But just the thought of somebody else having such disrespect and invading somebody elses property just angers me. I guarantee if I had tried to steal something from this 16 year old I would have a whole gang of kids popping caps in me and telling me that's what I get. I'm sure the judge will just shake his finger and say "no no" and let these kids back out so they can go back to burglarizing more unlocked cars. Disgusting...

August 5, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.
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