Chattanooga police have charged a 38-year-old man with burglarizing four different Hispanic-owned businesses on Rossville Boulevard and Central Avenue in March.
Cedrick A. Williams is charged with burglary, theft, vandalism and other charges on nine outstanding warrants, said police spokeswoman Elisa Myzal. Williams' capture was dubbed a "significant arrest."
"Teamwork, corroboration and communication between three detectives working separate cases led to the arrest of the man targeting Hispanic-owned businesses in Chattanooga," Myzal said in a statement.
The arrest is linked to the March 8 burglary of Tienda Maya at 1939 Central Ave. and the burglaries on March 15 of The Stumble Inn at 2925 Rossville Blvd. and Tienda Ramiez at 2437 Rossville Blvd., Myzal said. In both burglaries, a stolen truck — later found and recovered — was used during the break-ins.
Then during a fourth burglary on March 23 at another Hispanic business — the El Paisani at 4700 Rossville Blvd. — the suspect was caught on video and the detective working the case recognized him from previous arrests, Myzal said.
Myzal said the detective handling the El Paisani burglary went Williams' home where, during a search, police found clothing the suspect was wearing during the burglary.
The detective later located Williams in the 1700 block of East 23rd Street, Myzal said.
During questioning, Williams admitted to the burglary at El Paisani along with the other burglaries, police said. Williams was booked into the Hamilton County Jail.