published Friday, December 17th, 2010

Theft victim gets Christmas gift

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    Courtesy Dalton Police Department. RIGHT: The suspect walking across the parking lot. LEFT: The suspect's car turning towards the gas pumps.

A woman who had $950 stolen by an unknown suspect after she accidentally dropped the money will have a Merry Christmas after a Chattanooga dentist replaced the lost cash.

After seeing an interview with victim Sharon Herrera on WRCB-TV, Dr. Stephen Sims of Chattanooga Family Dentistry on Brainerd Road contacted the Dalton Police Department and offered to replace the money, according to a news release.

Herrera dropped the envelope with $950 when she stopped to get gas at the Walnut Express gas station at 2524 East Walnut Avenue, police said. After she drove away, an unidentified man was videotaped by surveillance cameras picking up the envelope on his way into the store. He paid for his gas and then drove away.

Police are still searching for the suspect, who was wearing a toboggan hat and a heavy dark-colored jacket with white stripes across the shoulders and blue jeans. He was driving a light blue late ‘80s or early ‘90s model Toyota Camry or Corolla.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the man is asked to please contact Officer Will Bryan at 706-278-9085, extension 255.

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kmgrey71 said...

I have been trying to figure out since this happened, how can you can call this STEALING??? Finders keepers losers weepers!! I know if it were me that found the money, I would try to find out who lost it. I would call the news stations whom ever to find out. This lady who DROPPED the envelope didn't even know til she got home, if I were carrying that much cash on me, I would definatly make sure I didn't drop it. It is not like this man took it from her, he found the dang thing, right there in the parking lot. I am not saying he shouldn't come forward, but he should not be blamed for STEALING!!!!

December 17, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Hey, I left $10,000.00 sitting on the bleachers at a game today. Since it wasn't still there a few hours later, it must have been stolen. Can I get reimbursed for getting robbed? Please?

December 17, 2010 at 1:51 p.m.

I don't think that "finding" anything laying on the ground "unattended" is THEFT!

December 17, 2010 at 2:35 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

Based upon the screwed up logic of the first comment, does that mean that if a person finds anything laying on the ground, they are entitled to keep it? I think the law is pretty clear, if you find something that you know does not belong to to you, and you do not give it back to the rightful owner when it is easily publicised, you are breaking the law. Your "finders keepers" logic is is very flawed and anyone older than a youngster should know better.

December 17, 2010 at 2:39 p.m.
sunnydelight said...

It's probably not too late for the guy to come forward and do the right thing . It's disgusting to see how many here have no morals. MSL says " anyone older than a youngster should know better"' I'm assuming by youngster means 5 years old or less. That sheds a little light on the mentality of those who wouldn't give it back for whatever reason they think justifies their actions.

December 18, 2010 at 7:05 a.m.
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