published Monday, July 25th, 2011

Chattanooga couple arrested in connection with tanning salon robbery

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A Chattanooga couple has been arrested in connection with a tanning salon robbery that netted about $145.

Tina Downs and John Tibbals have been charged with aggravated robbery after being arrested at their home at 404 Somerville Ave., said Chattanooga police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

They were arrested in connection with the robbery Thursday evening of North Shore Tan, located at 21 N. Market St. Weary said.

After officers arrived at the business about 8:30 p.m., employee Emily Byers told police she was behind the counter when a man and a woman entered. The man told her that they were going to rob her and produced a knife, she told police.

He grabbed her cell phone and cut the power to the cash register, which caused the drawer to open, Weary said. The woman, meanwhile, grabbed Byers’ purse and left the business.

One of the responding officers looked at the store’s video surveillance and thought he recognized the suspects.

Inside the couple’s home, officers found clothing that matched the suspects in the video as well as Byers’ cell phone and purse, Weary said.

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NorthChatter said...

Thank God for stupid criminals, it makes them so much easier to catch. They live about 2 blocks away from the place they robbed.

Kudos to the officer for paying attention to those who are up to no good in his area. This is not the first rodeo for either Downs or Tibbals. Lock 'em up!

July 25, 2011 at 4:18 p.m.
Johnnie5000 said...

They neighborhood they live in is actually a nice older neighborhood. Everyone on the block cannot stand to live near them as they are always trying to bum whatnot and flatout stealing things in broad daylight. Hope they stay in jail this time.

July 25, 2011 at 8:44 p.m.
NoMyth said...

Who goes to tanning salons, anyway? They should all be shut down if people are so stupid that they keep going to them.

July 25, 2011 at 10:34 p.m.
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