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Crime Stoppers: Theft of Lawn Mower and More

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WRCB-TV) - Ashland Terrace is a four lane road; the main drag between Red Bank and Hixson and it is the scene of this week's Crime Stoppers report. Crooks have pilfered a home along this stretch of televisions and other possessions more than once. On Wednesday October 5th, they tried again. "It's pretty brazen to do it in daylight on a busy road like that," said Officer Nathan Hartwig of the Chattanooga Police force.

"After three times," explained Officer Hartwig, "I think he finally just had enough and decided to put the surveillance cameras up. And thankfully he did, because we caught these two guys stealing his property and, hopefully, we can found out who they are." The thugs are seen clearly surveillance video. When they realized they could not get inside the house, they decided to grab anything of value on the carport.

The tool box wouldn't budge, so they went to work on a lawn mower. The heavy chain that secured it to a stair rail was no obstacle. Tunn Huu owns the home and the lawn mower. He had just spent $2,500 on a new riding mower. The robbers threw his push mower into the back of their pick-up. "I'm working hard," Huu Said.

If you cannot make out the faces of the thieves, have a look at their getaway vehicle. It appears to be a 90's model GM truck, perhaps an S-10. And notice the license plate is mounted low on the driver's side. That is unusual. "There's a tool box," Hartwig said, "and, like you said, the tag is on the driver's side. So, maybe one of these things will stick out in somebody's mind."

Mr. Huu said he fears for his family's safety. "I got two kids, you know? And my kids, they're scared," he said. "They say, 'Daddy, I'm scared!' You know? I love my kids. They're my family. I say, no, don't come inside. No."

Hartwig added, "He would like to try to get, maybe, some of his property back. But, at least, you know, bring these guys to justice and get them in jail for stealing his stuff."

Do the faces of the crooks or the getaway pick-up truck ring a bell? How about a combination of the two? Help stop their crime spree and get some cash in your pocket in the process. Call Crime Stoppers at 698-3333. As always, NO ONE, not even the police will ever know you provided the tip. A cash reward up to a thousand dollars could be waiting for you.

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