_ Germantown Circle: Last Thursday an officer was patrolling in the area when he noticed a white male with face tattoos walking away from a Chevy Silverado truck. The man quickly walked into the breezeway of the Germantown Garden apartment complex. According to a police report, as the officer was driving around the complex, dispatch put out a BOLO for two white males with face tattoos who may have stolen a Chevy pickup. The officer advised dispatch that he was in an area with a man who matched the description.
The report states that the officer asked the man with the tattooed face to step over to his police cruiser. The man complied. The officer asked for identification and asked the man what he was up to. He said he was at the apartments visiting family. When another police officer arrived, the tattooed face man took off on foot, running between two apartment buildings. An officer pursued the man on foot while a second officer went around the building in his cruiser. The man was found hiding in a wooded area, the report states.
The man, identified as Matthew Chastain, was taken into custody and placed in handcuffs. While in handcuffs Chastain began having a seizure and EMS was notified. Chastain was released into the custody of EMS to be taken to a local hospital. According to the report, once the ambulance left the apartment complex, Chastain jumped out and ran north on Germantown Road, where he was again taken into custody.
A second check of Chastain’s potential criminal history found that he had several outstanding warrants through Hamilton County. He was taken to the police department.
According to the report, Chastain had told officers that he was in possession of pot. When officers located his vehicle, it was searched. Police located a syringe and a clear baggie containing a small amount of a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. Chastain was taken to the Hamilton County Jail and booked on outstanding warrants through Hamilton County. In addition, East Ridge police charged the man with Evading Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
_ 906 S. Crest Rd.: Police were dispatched to the address last week in regard to a burglary. According to a police report, when officers arrived they spoke with the homeowner who said he came back to his house only to find his television and Xbox missing.
The victim told police that he had left his house to pick up a friend at Hamilton Place mall. That friend never showed. When he came back home he found that his place had been burglarized. The victim told officers that he suspects his friend is involved in the burglary due to asking the victim to pick him up at the mall and the friend never showing. The victim said that he had just met his friend the previous day and the friend and his girlfriend had been over at the victim’s home.
The report states there was no sign of forced entry and the victim could not remember if he locked the doors to the house before leaving.
_ 5519 Ringgold Rd.: Police were dispatched to the address Friday night on a burglary in progress. According to a police report, when officers arrived at Tennessee Title Loan they found the front door had been shattered. A check of the area failed to locate any suspects.
A witness on Oakdale Avenue said that he saw a black, four-door car leaving the area from Swope Drive. The manager of the store arrived to access video surveillance footage of the incident. The report states that the video shows a heavyset white male wearing cargo shorts, gloves and a ski mask smash out the front door. Once inside the business, the man turned off the lights and went to the service counter where he opened the till and removed money. The man left the building through the smashed front door.
The case has been assigned to a detective for investigation.