Police arrested a Shelby Circle woman after a person called authorities reporting someone roaming through a parking lot trying to open car doors. Mandi Leigh Hutsell, 29, was charged with Burglary of an Auto and Theft under $500. She is due to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on Feb. 16.
According to an affidavit of complaint, police were called to 5611 Ringgold Road, Tuesday, on a suspicious person complaint. Officers spoke with an employee of a business who told them that she saw a woman wearing a heavy coat and wearing a toboggan walking around the parking lot pulling on the handles of car doors. The employee pointed out the woman to officers. She was sitting on a bench just west of the business.
Officers spoke with the woman, later identified as Hutsell, as she was going through the contents of a wallet. The report states that Hutsell told officers the wallet belonged to her deceased father, however, the woman was unable to provide the names of any items in the wallet. Police took Hutsell into custody on an outstanding warrant from Walker County for Possession of Methamphetamine.
After issuing Hutsell her Miranda warning, the report states that Hutsell admitted to taking the wallet from a vehicle across Ringgold Road. She also admitted to police that she was going through the parking lot checking to see if vehicles were locked. The report states that Hutsell took officers to the vehicle from which she took the wallet. That vehicle was at Fine’s Body Shop. While at this location it was discovered that multiple vehicles had been entered and rummaged through. The report states that Hutsell was found to be in possession of a “BOD” Body Spray that was missing from a vehicle at Fine’s.
At this point, Hutsell was taken into custody on the theft charge and the wallet and body spray were returned to its owners.
_ 4222 Ringgold Rd.: Police were dispatched to the Taco Bell to meet with a man in reference to an incident that happened at Speedway gas station on Tuesday evening. According to a police report, the man told officers that he was leaving the Speedway and a man sitting in the back seat of a purple Mercury Grand Marquis pointed a gun at him. The man told police that he was walking past the car and he heard a “tap.” When he turned to the vehicle, he saw four white males in the car and the one in the right rear seat was “tapping” the barrel of a 9mm pistol on the glass. According to the man, the suspect hten adjusted teh grip on the weapon and pointed it at him. The man said the hammer was dropped which made him believe the firearm was ready to be fired.
The man told officers he walked on to his car and then went to the Taco Bell where his brother works. The man’s brother encouraged him to report the incident to authorities. The man’s wife, the report states, told officers she saw her husband walk past the suspect’s vehicle but only saw the man driving the car. The complainant told officers that he doesn’t know the men in the car and doesn’t know anyone who might wish him harm.
Investigators are attempting to obtain video surveillance footage of the incident at Speedway.
_ 726 S. Seminole: Resident reported that he got in his work van at 8 a..m. Wednesday morning, went to work and then discovered that a number of his tools were missing. According to a police report, the man returned home to find that some of his tools that were in the truck were scattered in the area behind where he parks it in the driveway. The man told officers there was a trail of tools leading away from his drive through the yard next door toward Dunlap Avenue. The victim told the officer that he will attempt to provide serial numbers for some of the tools.