Downtown burglaries are under investigation
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Detectives are attempting to identify a male suspect wanted in connection with several burglaries in Cleveland’s downtown historic district during the past few days.

A female suspect has been established in one incident.

According to Detective Matt Jenkins of the Cleveland Police Department, at least three homes have been burglarized.

A report filed Wednesday by officer Matt Bailey indicated a Lee University student returned home early morning and discovered a burglar inside the apartment she shares with several other students.

When she arrived home, the man was in the home and she began screaming.

The intruder fled the scene.

He was described as being a white male, possibly in his early 40s, and wearing a baseball-style cap. The victim also said he had light hair and a partial beard.

According to Jenkins and Bailey’s report, the burglar had several food items packaged up, but left the bags behind when he fled.

Detective Daniel Gibbs responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

A female suspect has been established in a burglary which occurred at a residence on North Ocoee Street. Jenkins said warrants for her arrest are pending.

A report filed by officer Taylor Thompson noted a burglary occurred during a home remodeling project.

Nan Jenne reported the incident occurred Oct. 4.

While a construction crew worked, a crew member saw a vehicle pull into the driveway behind the residence.

The crew member got the license tag information and called 911.

According to the report, the vehicle and occupants had left the scene prior to officer Thompson’s arrival.

Further investigation revealed that a bag containing brass door hinges had been taken.

License tag information aided in establishing the female suspect; however, the male suspect has not been identified.

Jenkins said warrants for the female suspect’s arrest are expected to be filed by Monday.

Jenkins also said Thursday that another home was burglarized Monday while the homeowner was working outside.

He indicated that two of these burglaries could possibly be tied to the same offender, yet he hasn’t established a true suspect at this time regarding the Monday burglary.

According to another report filed by Bailey, he spoke with the victim who said she had been working in her yard when someone entered her home and took jewelry.

The incident occurred between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to the report.

A Rolex watch, two rings, two necklaces and a pendant were taken.

Loss was estimated at $48,000.

n Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning today.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public by motorists who would violate the license laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.