Man Loses Not One, But Two Car to Thieves

Chattanooga (WDEF) – An arrest has been made after not one, but two cars were stolen from a Chattanooga man.

WDEF News 12’s Andy Santoro spoke with the manager of a local business who says he will think twice before trusting just anyone who comes into his store.

Summitt Pianos on Lee Highway had a job posted on Craigslist.

On Tuesday, a couple came to the store asking about the posting, but little did the manager know, they had other plans.

"We had a young man and a young lady come into the store. And he asked for an application. Well they were having a bit of a problem finding an application in the office so i got up out of my chair while she was around my desk area and went to the office to help them locate an application. My keys were on my desk."

Shirk noticed later that day, his keys weren’t on his desk.

"I contacted everybody that was in the store and I said by accident did you happen to pick my keys up. Of course they didn’t. It was that couple. It was her, the girl, she got them while we were focusing on the boy. Maybe it’s scam they had worked out."

Shirk had a coworker drive him home.

But when he got back to work Wednesday, his 2009 silver Hyundai accent wasn’t there.

He filed a report with the police and thought the drama was over.

"But I didn’t really worry about it because I thought they’re long gone. Well I shouldn’t have thought that because last night while I was asleep they went and stole my big car, my lincoln, out of my driveway at home."

Both his cars stolen in four days.

Shirk immediately filed another report Sunday morning and soon after got good news.

His Lincoln was found at the Sleep Inn on Shallowford.

Police arrested the man driving the car.

Shirk says officers asked him to describe the man in his store last Tuesday, and the man in handcuffs fit that EXACT description.

Shirk says nothing like this has EVER happened at the store.

"It’s just one of those random things that could occur to anyone. If you leave your keys out for someone to pick up, an opportunistic person gonna come along tHat’s desperate or a drug addict and pick them up."

In Chattanooga Andy Santoro WDEF News 12.

Categories: Chattanooga, Crime, Local News