Police reports: Thefts investigated
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Vassey Lawn and Garden became the victim of a theft sometime during the past few weeks.

A report filed by deputy Steve McCullough indicated the theft of a Toro zero-turn mower had taken place sometime between Feb. 25 and Monday at the business on Georgetown Road.

A report was filed Monday afternoon.

Donna Matson, an employee of Vassey, stated the mower had been taken from the parking lot during work hours.

The mower was valued at $2,999.

- Metal shelving and components were reported taken from the Dollar General Store, located on Spring Place Road.

A report was filed Monday by deputy Robert Jones after he spoke with Bridgett Cowdrey.

Cowdrey said 40 pieces of shelving, brackets and end caps were taken from the store sometime during the weekend.

There was no indication in the report where the shelving and components had been stored.

Cowdrey estimated the value of the shelving at $1,142.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning this Saint Patrick’s Day.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.

- Nothing was believed to have been taken in a Greendale Drive aggravated burglary attempt after the homeowner discovered someone had broke into the structure while he was attempting to move.

According to a report filed by deputy Jeremy Guthrie of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Benjamin Wilkins said the incident occurred possibly late last week. He reported it Sunday after he noticed a garage door had been pried open to gain entry to the house.

Damage was done inside the residence; however, Wilkins noted most of his belongings had already been removed by him and that only large items were still left in the residence at the time of the break-in.

Damage to the residence was estimated at $550.

Investigation is continuing.

- Guthrie also responded to a Michigan Avenue Road address late last week after a vehicle fire was reported.

According to his report, Tony Bass had gone outside to his 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier to retrieve his cellphone. Bass told the deputy he went back inside his residence and approximately five minutes later, heard a noise outside.

When Bass went to investigate, he noticed the vehicle was on fire.

According to the report, the fire appeared inside the passenger compartment of the car.

Cleveland Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the flames.

The vehicle was a total loss.

According to the report, investigators from Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the Cleveland Fire Department are in charge of the investigation.

- A Yamaha Grizzly ATV was taken from a Lower River Road address during the weekend.

A report filed by deputy John Davis named Dean Trew as the victim.

Trew said someone took the ATV from his barn.

According to the report, a neighbor told the victim he had seen a white Nissan pickup truck leaving the residence earlier Sunday and the ATV was on a trailer pulled by the truck.

The ATV was described as being green.

It was valued at $2,300.