(WDEF)The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public's help with identifying a suspect involved with a vehicle burglary in the early morning hours of August 24th. The suspect was recorded on surveillance using a credit card stolen in the incident.
The incident happened at approximately 1:30 am on August 24th when two travelers stopped at the IHOP restaurant on West Walnut Avenue. Because they were towing a trailer, they left their vehicle parked in the neighboring Wendy's parking lot. After they left the restaurant and got back on the interstate, the victims realized that a computer bag was missing. They did not see any signs of forced entry into their car and told investigators they remembered leaving it locked when they went to eat. In the bag were three Blackberry cell phones, a Samsung Galaxy tablet computer, a lap top computer, a wedding band, a .38 special Smith and Wesson hand gun and approximately $3,000 in cash.
After returning to Dalton and reporting the incident to police, one of the victims checked her credit card online and found that it had been used to make a charge of more than $100 at the Shell service station at 2000 Chattanooga Road. A surveillance image of the suspect who used the card and the vehicle he drove is included with this release. The suspect is a white male with close-cropped hair who was not wearing a shirt. He wore a necklace with a cross on it.
Shortly after the victims reported the theft,at approximately 3:00 am, a man leaving the Wal-Mart at 815 Shugart Road called police to report that he found the Blackberry cell phones, the tablet computer left in the bed of his pickup truck in the parking lot. Police responded and determined that the phones and tablet were the items stolen in this case. They were returned to the owners.
Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to please contact Detective Chris Tucker at 706-278-9085, extension 165.