Region News: Thief steals van and $1.8 million

Region News: Thief steals van and $1.8 million

September 21st, 2017 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

Thief steals van and $1.8 million

DECATUR, Ga. — The FBI and Georgia authorities are asking for help finding a man who stole a van containing $1.8 million in cash.

The van was parked outside a Citizens Trust Bank branch in Decatur while two ATM Response Inc. workers put cash into an automated teller Sept. 8. They locked the van but left it running and entered the bank.

An FBI news release Wednesday said the workers returned 15 minutes later to find only broken glass.

Surveillance footage showed a man in dark pants, a baggy gray long-sleeved shirt and a black backpack approaching the vehicle. Later that day, the DeKalb County Marshal's Unit found the unoccupied vehicle.


No arrests made in Chattooga County shooting death

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — The Chattooga County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are still interviewing witnesses in the death of Eddie Lanham, who Sheriff Mark Schrader said Wednesday died from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators do not believe his death was a suicide.

Lanham's wife, Renee, found him shot when she got back to their house in the 1800 block of Butler Dairy Road around 10 p.m. Monday. Schrader said the "initial investigation suggests" the killer targeted Lanham. Anyone can provide anonymous tips by calling 706-857-3411.


La Dean shop torn down

ROSSVILLE — Crews with Rossville Public Works tore down the former La Dean Bridal Shop building at 303 Chickamauga Ave. on Monday night, pulling apart the old brick and cinder block structure with a crane. Construction workers erected the building in 1940, and residents became patrons of the popular dress shop.

In 2004, Joe Mohwish bought the building and operated a bingo hall. But investigators with Rossville police, the Walker County Sheriff's Office and the GBI believed Mohwish also used the La Dean building as the hub for running a string of casinos in the backs of prepaid phone businesses throughout the region.

A grand jury indicted Mohwish on a racketeering charge in 2011 but he died two years later, before prosecutors took the case to trial. In 2016, parts of the building collapsed during a storm. After negotiations with Mohwish's family, the city obtained a court order to tear down the building earlier this year.


Find lost loot at the county fair

CHATTANOOGA — Officials with Tennessee's Unclaimed Property Division will be on hand at the Hamilton County Fair this weekend to help local residents who might have money coming to them from the state.

Last year the division returned 43,482 claims and $48 million, the highest number of claims and dollars ever, according to a news release.

Fairgoers can stop by the Unclaimed Property booth to ask questions or search for missing money. If they're due money they can file a claim right there.

Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.