An odd couple of criminals hit the Dollar General Store on Mountain Creek Road about two weeks ago. It was a pairing we do not normally see.
"It's very unusual to have two females that actually go in and break in to a store," said Chattanooga Police Sergeant Daniel Jones.
Surveillance video shows that is exactly what happened. Early September 5th, well before sun-up, the two women smashed through the front glass of the store.
"They take a brick with them inside the store and they actually try to break open the cigarette rack," Sgt. Jones explained.
They were not successful. "The only thing they did was just cause a lot of damage to the cigarette rack. They weren't actually able to break in," Jones continued. "However, they were able to take some other items that are around the front part of the business."
It was an expensive fix for the store. As for the gals, a five minute crime netted them only trinkets from the checkout counter. Why go to all this trouble for cigarettes?
"Nicotine's a drug," Jones said. "And, unfortunately, with nicotine being a drug, people crave nicotine. And so, if you're wanting that nicotine, I guess you'll do some crazy things to try to get it."
Have a good look at the two women. They have chosen strange attire for a break in. "One of them's wearing a black shirt, black pants; the other one, looks like she's wearing a dark colored hoodie and it looks like either a black pair of shorts or maybe even a black skirt, very high, and tall boots," Jones added. "Up to her knees."
If you know these women, have any idea who they are or where they can be found, do yourself a favor, call Crime Stoppers. You will be doing all of us a service.
"If these girls are not afraid to break out a front door of a business to go steal cigarettes," said Jones, "then, who's to say what they're not afraid of to go do to someone else?"
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