published Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Catoosa County: Police search for mechanic shop burglars

Authorities are searching for a suspect who likely robbed multiple mechanic shops over the weekend by cutting a hole in the buildings’ walls.

Tools and machines worth more than $10,000 were reported stolen from two shops in Rossville on Friday and Saturday, an incident report shows.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Jordan called the burglaries unusual.

“We haven’t had anything like that happen in sometime,” he said.

The Automotive Repair Shop owner on Cloud Springs Road reported the first burglary on Friday evening when he went to the shop and found at least $10,00 worth of tools missing and a large hole in the wall, an incident report shows.

Another similar burglary was reported on Saturday at a shop off Scruggs Road. Two businessman who worked from the shop reported they found a hole cut in the back wall and dozens of tools and a laptop stolen from the garage, the report states.

Authorities don’t have any suspects at this time, but they the believe the burglaries were related because of the similarities, Jordan said.

If you have any information on these cases contact the Catoosa County Sheriff’s office a 706-935-2424. Anyone with information leading to the arrest and prosecution could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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