• At 8:02 p.m., Saturday, March 26, a complainant called the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Teleserve Unit to make a report from a Laurel Brooke Lane residence. Complainant advised an unknown suspect requested three separate towing companies come to her residence to tow her vehicle. She advised she has not requested her vehicle to be towed and does not know who would have had her vehicle towed. Complainant advised after each towing company left she called the listed numbers to verify that the towing companies received the requests and verified that they were legitimate employees that came to her residence. She advised one towing company called the listed suspect’s phone number and was unable to make contact with anyone. Complainant advised she is concerned that the suspect has her address and vehicle information.
• At 7:54 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, a complainant called into the KCSO Teleserve Unit to report propane tanks stolen from outside a Kingston Pike business. Complainant stated during the listed time frame the outside propane cage was broken into and propane tanks stolen. The unknown suspect(s) cut off the lock that was on the propane cage to gain access. Complainant advised she was unsure how many propane tanks were stolen. Complainant was advised by her general manager to make a report about the theft.
• At 2:45 p.m., Thursday, March 31, Knox County Sheriff’s officers responded to a West End Avenue address. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the business owner, who stated that the victim, who was the on-duty employee, had locked the doors, emptied two cash drawers totaling $347.49 and had just left the business. She stated she was able to reach him by phone and he stated he was at Kroger and wouldn’t say much more. He then returned to the business while officers were on scene. Officers spoke to the employee, who stated he was at the business alone when the business phone rang. An unidentified male on the line stated he was a police officer, investigating some missing money from the previous week. The employee stated he had no reason not to believe the suspect because he knew about $500 had come up missing the week before. The suspect told the employee he needed to take the money and go to a “partner business” that had payback cards. He purchased a $315 payback card from Kroger (cost of card was $6). The suspect then asked the employee if he could also send him cash using the Cash App. The employee sent $35 to a “Willie Thomas” with the Cash App. Suspect then told him to wait a few minutes and he would call him back on a three-way call with the owner.
When five minutes had passed, the employee stated he became nervous and felt like he had done something wrong, so he tried to call the suspect back at the number used, to no avail. The employee returned to work at that point.