Four Bradley County families have been able to recover jewelry and electronics they thought they'd never see again after officials arrested a man they say is connected to a slew of break-ins.
Timothy Christopher Phillips, 33, was arrested this week and charged with two counts each of aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 after Bradley County Sheriff's Office investigators recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property at his Cleveland home, said sheriff's spokesman Bob Gault.
Phillips is in custody at the Bradley County Jail on a $275,000 bond.
The property was traced to a string of break-ins from Charleston, Tenn., to Cleveland that were taking place since early December, he said.
A break in the case came after a Nintendo console that Phillips sold to a gaming shop showed up as stolen when employees ran its serial number, Gault said.
After Philips agreed to let investigators search his home on South Lee Highway, they found the home full of stolen electronics, jewelry and medications, Gault said.
"It was a very successful recovery," Gault said. "There was 100 percent recovery in two of the burglary cases, which is very rare. When you have something stolen during a break-in, usually the chances of getting any of it back are very slim -- much less all of it."
The odds improved because one family had kept a record of their Nintendo's serial number, Gault said.
Detectives still are trying to determine ownership for several items found at Phillips' home, Gault said, and more charges could be filed as the investigation continues,.
Phillips does not have any previous charges in Bradley County, but has a history of burglary convictions in Hamilton County, court records show.
In 2009, he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary in Hamilton County Criminal Court. He received a six-year sentence, but it was suspended, records show.
Phillips is due back in General Sessions Court on Jan. 17.