Bartlett Police Reports for Nov. 26-Dec. 9, 2018

The Bartlett Police Report for Nov. 26-Dec. 9, 2018, lists the most notable crimes for that period as reported by the Bartlett Police Department; it 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.

Parking dispute

A tense encounter over a blocked handicap parking spot left three people shaken on Dec. 2.

A woman reported just after 7 p.m. about the incident at Neighborhood Walmart (6520 Memphis Arlington Road). Her husband said he and his wife were shopping at Walmart and had parked their wheelchair-accessible van in the front-row handicapped parking spot. He said another vehicle was blocking access to their vehicle when they tried to leave.

He reported the violation to Bartlett Police, but after a few moments the other driver said to get their ramp off her tire.

The man mentioned her illegal parking and then finished loading groceries in his van. He said the suspect put her vehicle in reverse, backed into him and his basket twice, and then swerved around his wife in front of the vehicle and sped off.

The responding officer contacted the suspect, who said she did make a mistake where she parked. In her version, the victim’s van ramp was on her tire, restricting her from leaving, and the victim “aggressively screamed” at her, telling her to stay for the police to arrive. She said she backed up vehicle then but she didn’t know if the victim put a basket behind her vehicle.

She said the victim then pounded fists on her passenger side window, and she then noticed a gun on his hip. She became frightened and then left the scene, she said. The incident is still under investigation.

Shots fired

Officers responded to a shooting on Coachouse Cove around 12:40 a.m. on Dec. 4. The victim said he was playing video games when his security system activated. The security camera showed three people rummaging through his vehicle.

When he went outside to confront them and yell at them, they shot toward his home and fled. While the victim was standing next to his truck, he saw one suspect running westbound on Craigmont Drive, holding a pistol. He yelled at the suspect, “Freeze! Stop!” but the suspect turned and shot one round. The victim shot back twice in self-defense. The suspect fell down and then got up and jumped a fence. The victim lost sight of him.

Road rage

A woman said a raging driver pulled a gun on her around 2:45 p.m. Dec. 4 on Tarus Drive. The incident began when she noticed he was rapidly approaching her car from the rear, and he almost struck her vehicle near Bartlett Boulevard and Stage Road. The victim took a picture of the man’s vehicle, and he then got out and began yelling at her.

Then he got back into his vehicle but didn’t move, prompting the woman to honk her horn. Both drivers began traveling east on Stage Road, next to each other. She noticed the man was yelling but didn’t roll down the window. She looked back a short time later, and the man held a small pistol near his face and he was still yelling at her.

The officer made contact with the man, who said the woman cut him off and displayed an obscene gesture. He said he never exited his vehicle and does not own a firearm.

Burglaries & thefts

Oak Road: A man arriving home around 2 p.m. noticed his front window had been pushed in and was leaning along the window blinds. He entered before officers’ arrived and said nothing was missing. Reported Nov. 26.

Fonta Road: A man who works for Bartlett’s Code Enforcement Office reported he went to an unoccupied residence up for sale and found the front door off its hinges and the doorknob broken. the furnace was missing from the upstairs utility closet. He said he also believes the refrigerator, microwave and range were missing. Reported Nov. 26.

Star Valley Road: A woman who left home on Nov. 19 reported finding her home disturbed when she returned from a Thanksgiving holiday. The hall lights had been turned off, and doors to her bathroom and master bedroom were closed. The next morning she noticed her front door and security door were both unlocked. Her living room window that faces the backyard was broken, and there were large shards of glass in her trash can. The blinds in her laundry room also were open. Nothing else was disturbed, and nothing appeared to be missing. Reported Nov. 26.

Summerhill Drive: A woman said her husband found their mail vandalized and a debit card stolen. Two envelopes were ripped in half, her son’s debit card was missing, and a shredded FedEx Employee Credit Union card was also taken. Reported Nov. 26.

Forest Oasis Drive: A homeowner’s alarm company alerted her to an intrusion on Nov. 27, and she had her real estate agent check the house. The agent said the front door knob and the attached key box (which contained keys to the house) were missing. The suspect possibly entered the rear of the residence by using the house key. The refrigerator was also moved from the kitchen to a spot just inside the garage door, where the alarm activated. Nothing was stolen. Reported Nov. 27.

Santa Cruz Drive: A woman reported that $2,499 was missing from the Appling School Band’s fundraiser money she had. She said many friends and family had been in the home recently for the holidays and she didn’t know who could have taken it. Reported Nov. 27.

Kirby Whitten Road: The manager for the Circle K (Kirby Whitten Road) said he was having the car wash’s coin machine serviced, but the repairman said it appeared to be tampered with. It looked as if a piece of the machine had been cut off in an attempt to gain entry to the coin tray. Reported Nov. 27.

Bobbitt Drive: Someone stole about $1,500 worth of plumbing tools from a man’s truck overnight, he reported on Nov. 28. He parked at home around 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27, and at 6 a.m. the next morning he found all the tool boxes on the side of his truck open.

Germantown Parkway: A woman said she dropped off her vehicle at Wolfchase Honda (2982 N. Germantown Parkway) on Nov. 20, leaving her handgun in the driver’s door pocket. She waited at the dealership until her car had been serviced. On her way home, she realized her pistol was missing. The service manager said no one at the dealership had seen it. It’s not known whether the pistol was stolen in the garage or in the parking lot while awaiting service. Reported Nov. 28.

Trenton Drive: A woman reported a package stolen from in front of her apartment on Nov. 27. She lives at the Quail Ridge Apartments, and UPS reportedly delivered the package around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 27. She arrived home at 6:30 p.m. that night, and the package was not there. Reported Nov. 29.

Location not specified: A women reported buying electronics from the Fingerhut website. When she received the package via UPS, she found the package opened and the items were missing. The package was received by hand, she said, so the theft happened before or during delivery. Reported Nov. 29.

Altruria Road: A man renovating a home said he left it secured around 11 p.m. Nov. 30. When he opened the garage door on Dec. 1, he saw an open interior door. Multiple power tools had been stolen. Reported Dec. 1.

Stage Road: Officers responded to an alarm at the Kroger Kwik Shop (6740 Stage Road) around 4:38 a.m. Dec. 2 and found glass broken on the right front door and several items knocked over and pushed out of place inside the store.

Surveillance footage showed a white late 1990s model Chevrolet four-door pickup and a maroon early 2000s Dodge Dakota pickup pull up to the front of the store. Two male suspects got out of the Chevy, with one grabbing what looked like a steel pipe and using it to break the glass door. The two males entered, ran to the counter and tried to open the cash registers by slamming them on the ground.

Three more male suspects exited the Dodge, ran inside and tried to help with the registers. Then all five quickly fled the scene, with one suspect carrying a cash register with him. One threw the cash register drawer in the back of the Chevy, and both vehicles left.

Frances Wood Cove: A man said he parked his company vehicle on the side of his home around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 4, and when he returned the next morning, the unlocked toolbox in the truck bed was open. Several tools were stolen.

Anderton Springs: A woman said someone entered their unlocked home sometime in September while they were gone, and the intruder rummaged through a costume jewelry box that was under their bed. She said she found the jewelry out on top of the bed. She said she didn’t report a theft at that time because she wasn’t sure what was missing.

Later in October, she found that several pieces of sterling silver serving platters were missing, and she filed a police report. Then on Dec. 3, she and her husband discovered that two cases containing numerous silver place setting were empty. Reported Dec. 5.

Shadow Hills: A neighbor reported that a condemned and uninhabitable home had an open back door on Dec. 6. The responding officer noticed that someone had pried the back door open and broke out the glass to gain entry. The home was left in disarray with items thrown about inside.

Trail Creek Lane: A woman noticed that about $1,000 cash was missing from her home. She speculated that it might be one of her husband’s caregivers who stole the money. Reported Dec. 6.


Pagely Place: A man who left his vehicle unlocked at home around 10 p.m. Nov. 29 noticed around 6:15 a.m. Nov. 30 that it was missing. He had left it parked behind his mailbox.

Robins Roost: A woman reported that someone tampered with her security system and stole from her around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 30. She said the suspect first turned the cameras away from the driveway and front door, then came in from the side and was not caught on camera. The suspect entered two unlocked vehicles and stole a Coach purse. The woman said she found all the items from the purse thrown on the ground in a trail headed south from the home. Reported Dec. 1.

Fairway Oaks Drive: A woman said someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole an electronic tablet. Reported Dec. 2.

Summerhill: A man reported that someone entered his unlocked vehicle, rifled through the center console and glove compartment and then vandalized the car. The suspect apparently opened the trunk, removed a bottle of motor oil and poured it throughout the vehicle, on the dashboard and computer screen and on the outside of the car. Reported Dec. 1.

New Brunswick: A man reported the theft of a rifle from his unlocked vehicle. He believes it was stolen sometime while he was parked on the UPS lot for his work shifts on Nov. 28-30. Reported Dec. 3.

Dylan Valley Cove: Someone entered a man’s vehicle overnight on Dec. 4 and stole a case of CDs and a map book. Reported Dec. 5.

Raintree Mist Lane: Someone stole a man’s car that was parked at his home. The man said there was a pistol in the back seat and about $6,000 in work equipment in the car’s trunk. Reported Dec. 6.

Blue Lagoon Drive: Someone entered a man’s unlocked vehicle overnight on Dec. 5 and stole his wallet (containing his driver’s license and about $280), as well as a bolt-action rifle and an iPad Pro. Reported Dec. 6.

North Germantown Parkway: A spokesman at the Infiniti dealership said several vehicles were missing tires and rims, and others had broken windows. Reported on Dec. 6.

Blue Lagoon Road: Someone entered a man’s vehicle overnight on Dec. 5 and stole $40. Reported Dec. 6.

Sawyer Mill Cove: A victim reported that two suspects entered two vehicles parked in the home’s driveway just after 4 a.m. on Dec. 6. The two also tried to enter another vehicle on site but could not because its doors were locked. No items have been reported missing from the vehicles. Reported Dec. 6.

Blue Lagoon Loop: A man said someone broke into his vehicle’s trunk overnight on Dec. 5 and stole a duffel bag containing golf towels and golf club head covers. Reported on Dec. 6.

Raintree Mist: A man reported that two suspects burglarized his three unlocked vehicles in his driveway at 3:57 a.m. but did not find anything to steal.

U.S. 64: A man who left his work truck unlocked and unattended for about 20 minutes returned to find that someone had stolen a chainsaw and two backpack blowers. The incident happened in the Guitar Center parking Lot on Dec. 7.

U.S. 64: A man said someone broke into his vehicle while he was at El Mezcal restaurant on Dec. 8. The incident happened between approximately 7:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. The suspect punched the driver’s side door lock to gain entry and then broke the dash and stole the stereo ($500).

John Thomas Cove: A man reported that the license plate was stolen from his grandmother’s vehicle. He noticed it on Dec. 9 but wasn’t sure if the theft occurred there or in Memphis.

North Germantown Road: An employee at Farm Fowl restaurant said someone scratched the driver’s side rear quarter panel of his vehicle while he was at work. He noticed the damaged around 3 p.m. Dec. 9. The responding officer saw about six scratches that appeared as if they penetrated the clear coat and paint of the vehicle.


Daybreak Drive: A woman reported that she was the victim of a scammer. She received a call from a man saying he works with Plexus Plebuss and needed to talk with her about antivirus software she bought from them about six months ago. She confirmed she did make that purchase, and he told her their software had been compromised and they were refunding their customers.

She gave him her checking account number for the refund to be deposited. He told her if more than $250 was deposited, she would be responsible for sending back the difference. In fact, the company deposited about $1,115 in her checking account.

The suspect told her to remain on the phone, go buy gift cards, and load the amount she had to send back onto the cards. She used her credit and debit cards to buy 30 gift cards that totaled $1,115, and then she scratched off the back of the card and provide the caller with the gift card number there. The suspect frequently told her not to call the police.

The caller disconnected once she gave him the numbers to access the cards. The number that called her showed up on her phone as “Unknown.” Reported Dec. 3.