CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) -- Chattanooga police put a dent in crime over the weekend. Officers saturated several of the cities "problem areas". The operation netted 48 suspected criminals.
Police say it's in an effort to address city-wide problems with car break-ins, burglaries and other offenses including gun crimes.
The crimes are happening all over town at mall, apartment complex and grocery store parking lots. It is typical to see a spike in car break-ins during the holiday season, that's why police are doing what they can to curb crime now.
"I was sick to my stomach," says car break-in victim, Kesia Dixon. It's break in stories like Dixon's that detectives are trying to curb.
"They busted out the window," she says. "I opened up the door, there's glass everywhere and my C.D. player is gone."
Dixon lost her radio, but more than that her sense of security. Chattanooga Detective, Tim Tomisek, usually sees a spike in car break-ins, when people warm their cars up in the cold.
"We get warrants on people we haven't been able to find," Tomisek says. "Saturations are really good about getting suspects locked up on charges."
This latest saturation ended in 88 charges, 134 citations, 10 drug arrests, more than $2,000 and one vehicle seized. Detectives focused on property offenses and associated gun crimes.
"Friday we caught a guy in the parking of Ridgedale Baptist Church," says Tomisek. "He was about to break into a car."
Tomisek knows the holiday season is another reason for a spike in crime. The steps to protect yourself are easy enough.
"You don't leave your purse in the car," says Dixon. "You should always take it with you, and you don't leave other electronics in the car."
The experience only made Dixon more vigilant. Detective Tomisek says the top two things thieves look for are electronics and purses.
"Hide everything," Tomisek says. "Hide it before you park, circle the parking lot and if you see someone suspicious don't park near them."
Chattanooga Police plan crime saturations periodically. The arrests happened all over town, many of the suspects also ended up with additional drug charges.
Arrested in the operation were:
Cleomon Dunlap, 40, Criminal Trepass-2 Counts, Evading Arrest, and Criminal Impersonation James Atkinson, Jr., 23, Aggravated Assault- Domestic Richard Williams, 55, Aggravated Assault-Domestic and Felony Reckless Endangerment- Domestic Walter Hayes, 24, Domestic Assault and Vandalism- Domestic Edwin Robinson, 35, Theft, reckless driving, reckless endangerment James Ware, 43, Criminal Trespass Cameron Williams, 27, Driving on Revoked, Light Law Violation David Ray (Patton) 28, Domestic Assault and Theft Under $500 Jeremy Ballard, 24, Failure to Appear- Criminal Trespassing Darrell Armour, Jr., 22, Possession of Crack Cocaine for Resale Demetricus Lewis, 40, Public Intoxication Xavier Turner, 21, Possession of Marijuana William Stamper, 19, Driving w/o license, Seatbelt Amber Kennedy, 26, Failure to maintain lane, open container, revoked DL Tamasha Williams, 35, Revoked License Edward King, 57, Suspended License, Poss. of drug paraphernalia Carla Singleton, 47, Poss. of drug paphernalia, Criminal Impersonation Corey Twitty, 30, Poss. Of Marijuana, Revoked License, Registration Viol., Poss. of cocaine resale Joe Young, 23, Revoked License, Criminal Impersonation Herman Brown, 53, DUI, Suspended License Eric White, 37, Child Support Annie Williams, 53, Domestic Assault, passing worthless checks x2 Durell Witcher, 26, Revoked License London Crutcher, 22, Agg. Trespassing, Marijuana resale, poss. drug paraphernalia Troy Martin, 35, Failure to Appear Leander Johnson, 54, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Robbie Bell, 32, Aggravated Trespassing David Franklin, [Age Not Released], Possession of Marijuana Carlos Garrett, 39, Poss. of a controlled substance, Contempt of Court Cornelius Garrett, 36, Habitual Traffic Offender Maasi Kingston, 40, Suspended License Henry Bennett, 21, Revoked License Richard Shipley, 42, Suspended License Wendell Kilgore, 37, poss. of a controlled substance Terrence Peney, 50, Light law, revoked license Randal Beene, 49, poss. of crack cocaine James Greer, 52, Public Intoxication Rachael Williams, 40, poss. of crack cocaine Emory Jackson, 23, Criminal Trespass Dominic Jones, 23, Criminal Trespass William Foster, 49, Revoked License Dexter [Last Name Not Released], [Age Not Released], Forgery Tyrell Pitner,21, poss. of a controlled substance x2 Martemius Smith, 35, Contempt of Court x6, Agg. Burglary x2, Criminal Impersonation Leslie Taylor, 49, Felony poss.of Meth, poss. of a controlled substance x2, drug paraphernalia Shon Blanks, 34, Revoked License Joshua Frazier, 31, Domestic Assault Michael Springs, 32, Poss. Marijuana, Fel. Poss of a firearm
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