Police Blotter for March 26


Man arrested for carrying concealed weapon

Police responded to the area of Cherry Hill and Gulley roads March 12 after a man was seen sleeping at the wheel.

Officers observed that the vehicle was still in gear with the man’s foot on the break and a semi-automatic handgun to the right of the driver’s seat.

The man awoke by himself and was asked to put the vehicle in park then open the door and step out of the vehicle. He said, “I’m really tired but had not drank any alcohol or smoked weed.” A field sobriety test was conducted with the man’s approval due to the nature of the call.

Police asked about the handgun which the man said he recently purchased it, and that he was going to begin his concealed carry permit classes soon. “I secure my weapon in a lock box in the back seat of the car but did not have the key on me,” he said.

Along with the Smith & Wesson 9-millimeter shield hand gun, officers found two magazines inside the vehicle’s glove box during a search.

The man was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and was not given a bond.

Background check reveals multiple warrants, leads to arrest

Police were on patrol at Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive, March 16 when a vehicle entered the parking lot with an expired license plate.

A check of the plate by officers showed it expired in July 2016. During the traffic stop conducted in the parking lot, the driver presented identification to police.

His record revealed four warrants including larceny with a $1,000 bond and a driving with suspended license with a $500 bond both from 19th District Court. Also, the man had an unlawfully driving away an automobile felony with no bond from 22nd District Court along with a retail fraud warrant with a $1,045 bond from 52-4 District Court.

The driver was arrested and the vehicle was released to the passenger.


Victim reports toy missing from storage unit

Police responded to a storage unit for an apartment in the 180 block of Yorkshire March 6 after a toy car was reported missing.

The victim said she was last at the storage unit at noon March 2 when she saw the Fisher Price Power Wheels toy car. When she returned to the unit about 1:30 p.m. March 6, the toy car was missing.

Officers investigated the scene and the report said the lock on the storage unit did not have any damage or issues.

The victim said this robbery was the third of its kind from her storage unit this year.

There is no suspect information.

Dodge Durango stolen overnight

A woman reported that her 2013 Dodge Durango went missing overnight from March 11 to 12 after she parked it in the West Point and Dartmouth streets area.

She told police she was visiting a friend’s house when she parked the vehicle on the street and left it there overnight. The report says the woman took an Uber to her hotel because she had been drinking. She returned to the house about 10 a.m. the next morning to see that vehicle was stolen.

There is no evidence or suspect information.


Gone in 60 minutes

A 54-year-old resident called police when the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee she parked on the street about midnight March 17 was gone an hour later. The vehicle, which is registered to her husband, was parked on the street in front of their house in the 800 block of Cleveland Street.

The victim said she did not hear any loud noises, but was not paying attention. Police did not locate any physical evidence.

Lots of damage

Police were called to the 4100 block of High Street about 10 p.m. March 19 when a man, 19, reported his 2016 black Ford Focus was vandalized. The driver’s side windows were shattered and there was a dent in the driver’s side rear door.

The car owner said the vehicle was parked in front of the High Street house and someone threw bricks through the windows and caused a dent. There are no suspects in the property destruction.

Burglar with sweet tooth

When the director of the Community Center, 3525 Dix Ave. arrived at the center about noon on March 20, he found one of the main doors cracked open and called 911. When police arrived, they walked through the building and found the culprit stole candy, chips and sports drinks from the concession room. The person who was charged with locking it the night before told police she was “90 percent sure” she locked it.


Police are investigating a downed street light caused by a semi-trailer truck at the corner of Fort Street and Southfield Road about 11 p.m. March 20, and the driver reportedly didn’t stop. A man reported the offense at the police station.

Police went to the scene and found the utility pole was knocked down and the fire department was called due to exposed wires, and the current needed to be shut off. Department of Public Safety employees took over the scene and the power to the light pole was shut down for repair.


Overachieving thief

Police were called to the 17000 block of Valade Street when a man reported two Chevrolet pickup trucks were stolen from his driveway between March 15 and 16, where the victim parked them overnight and discovered them gone at 7 a.m. Police didn’t find evidence of forced entry.

The victim said the trucks were in the driveway about 6 p.m. Both trucks have an orange vinyl University of Tennessee “T” decal on the rear windows. The vehicles were listed as stolen in the Law Enforcement Information Network. There are no suspects.

Shattering glass

Vandals reportedly struck in the 1400 block of Cranbrook Drive March 18, shattering the window of a 2014 Ford Edge. The owner said his window was intact at 2 a.m. when he arrived at his house, but when he awoke at 8 a.m. he found the rear window shattered. Police said it didn’t appear the vandal made entrance to the vehicle and no other vehicles appeared damaged. There are no suspects in the incident.

Class ring reported stolen

Police were called to the 2000 block of Foxboro about 4:30 p.m. March 13 when a woman reported that her son’s 2016 high school class ring was stolen from their house. She said her son, who is away at college, had been looking for it, but it was not found. There are no suspects in the case, but reports said her son had many friends as guests to the house in recent months.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Tereasa Nims.)