Bartlett Police Reports for March 5-11, 2018

bpd-badge-84x117The Bartlett Police Department handled these and other incidents for the period of March 5-11.

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 5

U.S. 64 (auto burglary)

A customer at Sam’s Club (8480 U.S. 64) exited at 4:30 p.m. and found that someone had burglarized his locked GMC Sierra. The driver’s side door lock was damaged. Items taken included $1,000 in small bills, five blank checkbooks and a Ruger LCP pistol.

Kings Cove (vandalism)

A woman reported several damaged items. She said two of her vehicle’s tires were flat on March 2 and a large amount of sugar had been dumped into her fuel tank. The vehicle was secured in the garage on March 1, and no one could have accessed it without first entering the home. Her Samsung TV was also damaged and her pool liner was cut. She also said a check was missing from her checkbook and had been forged by her husband.

March 7

Stage Road (theft from motor vehicle)

A man exited a movie theater and found that the back passenger window of his truck had been broken out. The only items missing was a backpack filled with electronic equipment.

Blackheath (suspicious circumstances)

A father said his son came into the house around 12:18 p.m. and reported seeing a suspect take packages off a porch at Dana Cheryl Drive. The father came outside and saw a male wearing dark jeans, a black hoodie and a black cap with about three packages in his hands, walking away from that street.

When the father yelled at the man to put the packages back, the suspect ran to a dark vehicle with a paper temporary tag and drove off.

Woodlawn (vandalism)

A male victim found that his rear passenger side tire had a slash mark on it. He believes this happened while he was in school that day.

Bright Star Lane (memo)

A woman reported getting a check for $2,330 from a stranger out of Toledo, Ontario. The check came with a point of contact and a letter of instructions on how and when to deposit the check. She believed it was a scam, so she didn’t deposit the check or give out any personal bank information to the contact person.

March 8

Kirby Whitten (theft)

Someone stole the doors off a table placed outside the back of a business at 2990 Kirby Whitten.

Raintree Mist Lane (burglary)

A woman noticed that her Echo air compressor and Stihl gas weed trimmer were missing from her garage around 5:30 p.m. She said she closed the garage door before leaving for work, and it was closed when she got home.

March 9

Sleepy Hollow Road (theft)

A woman said she had some Arlington construction workers at her home because of a sewage backup. One of the workers said he saw another worker remove an Apple iPod and an Apple iPhone from the home. Once the workers were through at the home, they returned to the shop. The witness said that’s when the suspect then revealed the diamond wedding ring he had also stolen.

Evening Light Drive (fraud)

A woman said she believes her sister-in-law has generated two loans in her name. She said her niece contacted her to warn that her mother was out of prison and that she’d better pull a credit report. When she did, she discovered that an unknown person had opened two loans in her name.

March 10

Blackwell (multiple charges)

A patrol officer saw a suspect operating a pickup with a tinted cover over the registration plate. A computer search revealed that the tag didn’t match the vehicle.

The officer pulled over the suspect and got permission to search the vehicle. The search turned up another license plate under the driver’s seat. A further search revealed that the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate on the dashboard was missing and the door sticker with the VIN was scratched off.

The officer located a VIN on a sticker under the hood. A computer search revealed that the VIN matched the registration plate found inside the vehicle, and the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Memphis on Feb. 20, 2017.

The suspect was charged with theft of property, criminal impersonation, possession of a vehicle with an altered serial number, improper display of registration and violation of vehicle registration law.

U.S. 64 (theft from building)

A woman shopping at Walmart (8400 U.S. 64) said she placed her phone (a gold iPhone 8 in a hot pink case) on a shelf while trying on shoes. She forgot the phone briefly and continued shopping. She returned a couple of minutes later, but the phone was already gone.

March 11

Summer Avenue (alarm call)

Officers responding to an alarm call on Summer Avenue at 12:20 a.m. found that the front window was shattered at the Sun Shine Mart. The area behind the counter was ransacked, and about 140 packages of Newport cigarettes and a white trash can were stolen. Damages to the window and office door are estimated at more than $1,000.

Stage Road (robbery of a person)

A woman trying to sell a Samsung Note 5 cellphone via Facebook Marketplace met a prospective buyer at the Kangaroo Gas Station (5984 Stage Road). She saw the buyer’s white Nissan and walked toward it, but the buyer instead got out of his car and sat in the passenger seat of her vehicle.

He looked at the phone, said he would take it for free, pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at her. He told her to give him her purse, but she said she left it at home. Then he grabbed another phone of hers and left the car. The woman said she then drove to the front of the store and ran inside for help.

U.S. 70 (theft)

A woman said someone stole the license plate from one of her work vehicles parked on her lot at 6838 U.S. 70. She said it was taken between 6 p.m. March 10 and 4 p.m. March 11.

Sunray Cove (theft)

A woman said someone stole a package from her front porch on March 10. The package contained a 32-inch TCL SmartTV that FedEx had delivered at 8:53 a.m. Around 11:41 a.m., she got a social media message from a stranger, saying she had a TV box with the victim’s name on it, but the stranger wouldn’t answer any more correspondence to clarify where she was or how she got the TV. That’s when the victim discovered that her TV package was missing from her front porch.

Doberman Cove (theft)

A man noticed that his 2018 registration sticker was missing from his license plate around 3 p.m. He said the last time he saw it on his license plate was noon on March 9.