Bartlett Police reports for March 19-25, 2018

bpd-badge-84x117The Bartlett Police Department handled these and other incidents for the period of March 24-April 1, 2018.

Editor’s note: This report represents the most notable incidents provided by BPD and does not necessarily reflect all police activity. All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and values are estimated for stolen/damaged items. These are brief summaries of detailed BPD reports. Incidents are listed in order of the dates they were reported.

March 24

U.S. 64 (auto burglary)

A spokesman for Serra Chevrolet (7580 U.S. 64) reported that someone broke into a customer’s truck while it was on the lot between March 12 and March 23. The suspect punched the driver’s door lock, broke the dashboard and took the stereo.

March 26

U.S. 64 (theft)

A woman reported that someone stole prescription diet pills from her purse at work between March 18 and 19. She works at the Jackson Hewitt desk inside Walmart (8400 U.S. 64).

Altruria Road (residential burglary)

A woman said someone burglarized her home between 6 a.m. and nearly 3 p.m., taking her Asus laptop and cash from various hiding spots. Her son was the first to return and notice that the garage door was open. They found numerous drawers pulled open throughout the house.

March 27

Bobbit Drive (theft)

A woman who suffers severe pain from a chronic medical condition reported that someone stole 88 of her pills. She last had them all on March 24 and realized that some were missing the next day.

Flintlock Drive (fraud/false pretenses/swindle)

A man reported that Celtic Computers was in the process of fixing his computer, but they contacted him to offer a refund as they were going out of business. He was told to get on his computer and the programmer would help with the refund.

Following instructions, he entered his credit card information, but the programmer wasn’t able to refund the money. The programmer than told him to open his PayPal account for a refund. The man typed in $368, and the programmer changed it to $3,680. The man corrected that, but the programmer again changed it to the larger amount. Then Celtic Computers called him, and the man explained what happened. They told him to go put $3,000 on Best Buy gift cards and they would come to his home the next day to pick it up.

He asked why they wouldn’t simply pull the money back out of the account. They responded by saying if they did so it would be taxed. He said the situation felt weird to him, so he filed a police report.

Independent Road (armed party)

A man reported that he was sitting at home when a male started to bang on the front door and yell. The victim knew the suspect only by a nickname, and the suspect refused to leave when asked. A second person at the home threatened to call the police if the male didn’t leave.

The male got about halfway down the driveway when he raised a firearm into the air and fired one shot. He threatened to burn down the house, got into his vehicle and left.

March 28

Stage Road (unspecified charges)

An officer saw a suspect driving a black Dodge Avenger west on Stage Road at the intersection with Price. A check of the vehicle tag showed it was expired as of Aug. 31, 2016.

At the traffic stop, the officer saw a 2018 expiration sticker on the tag, but its number didn’t match the tag. A registration check of the sticker showed that the tag was stolen out of Memphis on Sept. 2, 2017.

March 30

Stage Post Drive (trailer theft)

A man reported that a GPS tracking device alerted him around 3:45 a.m. that one of his trailers was moving without authorization. He tracked it through the morning until it stopped in Pontotoc County, Miss. He then notified the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office, who found the trailer in a suspect’s possession around 9:45 a.m.

The suspect was taken into custody for outstanding misdemeanor warrants, held for investigation and charged in the incident.

April 1

Bartlett Boulevard (vandalism)

Someone vandalized the men’s bathroom by the baseball fields at Freeman Park (2629 Bartlett Blvd.) overnight. The suspect(s) broke all toilet paper dispensers, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, two mirrors, the men’s room sign and a grill grate.

Germantown Road (theft)

A man said he lost his Motorola G5 Plus cellphone in the toy section of Walmart around 1:30 a.m. but didn’t realize it was missing until 6 a.m. He gets notification whenever someone tries to unlock the phone, and he received several emails with photos of two unknown suspects trying to unlock the device.

He recovered the phone at the store’s customer service desk later that day, but the phone’s front screen was shattered.

Steven Franklin Drive (suspicious circumstance)

A woman reported seeing video surveillance footage of an unknown male in her brother’s vehicle at home about five minutes before calling for help. She said the person sped away from the home in an unknown vehicle. Nothing was stolen.