Police Search For Suspects In Shopping Cart Thefts
by Emily Luxen
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- Murfreesboro Police have asked for the public's help to track down hundreds of stolen shopping carts.
Police said this has been a problem for the last couple of years. Most recently, four carts were stolen from the United Grocery Outlet store at 117 SE Broad St. 180 shopping carts and 120 hand baskets were stolen from the Kroger at 1622 Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Police believe the suspect or suspects are selling the shopping carts as scrap metal. They don't know who was responsible, or if all the cases are related.
"Obviously it is a major theft case," said Maj. Clyde Adkison, "We are currently investigating all the cases. We don't know how many suspects we have."
Maj. Adkison said the hundreds of carts add up to big expenses for the grocery stores. Kroger is left to pay over $17,000 to replace the missing carts.
"It's a huge cost that the store will have to make up one way or the other."
Police encourage people with any information to call Crime Stoppers 615-983-STOP.