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Two men are now behind bars, charged in nearly 20 business burglaries over the past two months in Chattanooga and East Ridge.
Investigators with the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) say the burglaries started in early January, and continued until Sunday, March 18th.
CPD says most of the burglaries happened at businesses on Brainerd Road, Rossville Boulevard, and East 23rd Street. Seven of them were reported on Brainerd Road, with one business being targeted three separate times.
Investigators say the suspects forced their way into the business after hours, breaking a window or glass door before taking cash from registers.
CPD spokesperson Elisa Myzal says two suspects were taken into custody Monday thanks to an observant community member and the teamwork of police investigators.
Myzal says that during an interview, both 23-year-old Aaron Ward and 23-year-old Christopher Goode admitted to committing several burglaries, and we taken to Hamilton County Jail.
Ward and Goode have each been charged with several counts of vandalism, theft of property, and burglary of business.
CPD is taking this opportunity to remind community members if you SEE SOMETHING that isn’t quite right or see someone who’s behavior is suspicious, SAY SOMETHING.
When reporting suspicious activity to CPD, please try to include who or what you saw, when you saw it, where it occurred, and why it’s suspicious.
Reporting can be done by calling 911 (if an emergency), 423-698-2525 (non-emergency), or by submitting a tip through the Chattanooga PD Mobile app.
By paying attention to what’s going on around you, you play a vital role in helping CPD keep you, your family, and our community safe.
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