BY KEN LITTLE
Thirty shopping carts are missing from Sav-Mor supermarket, at 1625 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy., Greeneville police Officer Josh Laws said in a report.
Police were dispatched Wednesday to the supermarket and spoke with the customer service manager, who told them that during the past week, "someone had taken at least 30 shopping carts from the business," the report said.
Customers told the manager that residents of the nearby Greeneville Terrace Apartments had been pushing shopping carts to the complex, the report said.
Customers said the metal shopping carts were being cut up "and sold for scrap," the report said.
The manager called at least one local recycling business to see if any shopping cart parts were brought there.
"They told him they were not allowed to give out information," the report said.
Officers went to the Greeneville Terrace Apartments neighborhood and found at least 12 shopping carts, the report said.
The store manager told police he had previously given Greeneville Terrace residents permission "to take the shopping carts back and forth to their residence(s)," the report said.
They will no longer be allowed to do so, the manager told officers.
The 30 shopping carts are collectively valued at $1,500.