UPDATE: Man arrested in Hixson storage burglaries
UPDATE: Chattanooga police have made an arrest in the March 20 theft at a self-storage facility on Hixson Pike.
Vernon Ray Bragg, 43, was arrested and charged five counts of burglary, two counts of theft of property over $1,000 and three counts of theft of property.
Bragg was stopped by police in East Ridge when they spotted his vehicle. He was confronted by police, and confessed to the crimes.
Police say none of the items were recovered.
PREVIOUS STORY: A man was caught on camera breaking into a self-storage facility on Hixson Pike.
It happened on March 20, around 6:00 a.m.
Chattanooga police say they are interviewing the man they believe is seen in that video.
No arrest has been made, but police say solving this case will help solve others.
“Unfortunately we have a lot of thieves running around in Chattanooga right now,” said Lt. Kevin Akins.
Lt. Akins says moments before, surveillance cameras caught someone driving into the facility. The video shows what appears to be a white man, get out of a white Dodge Ram truck. He then goes back and forth from the truck to the gate with something in his hand.
“From the damage that we found and the way he entered probably some type of tool he was using to jimmy the gate or make entry to circumvent the electronic system there,” Lt. Akins explained. “He seems to have known what he was doing. If he's able to jimmy a lock and get into a fenced area with an electronic system like that it's probably not the first time he has done something like that.”
After a few attempts, it worked and the suspect drove through the gate.
Lt. Akins believes the man is responsible for stealing from three individual storage units.
“He knew that there was stuff in there. He might have known somebody that told him hey I got a storage unit over there; I've kept all my stuff over there specifically that he might have seen or known what units to go to.”
Lt. Akins wouldn’t list was stolen, but says the items totaled at least $1,000.
“It’s a felony amount. A felony would be over $1,000,” he explained. “You'll have a burglary charge. He possibly would have some vandalism charge for the damage to the gate, the damage for the locks on each individual unit, a burglary charge for each individual unit so there is a lot of charges that come from this.”
Lt. Akins says this is the first storage burglary they have caught on camera this month, but there have been more. He says there have been at least 21 shed burglaries on the East side.
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PREVIOUS STORY: The Chattanooga Police Property Crimes Division is asking for help finding a burglary suspect.
A spokesperson for the division said the burglaries happened on March 20 in the Hixson Area.
"We are requesting any tips, leads, or identification of the offender and/or the offender truck," the spokesperson added.
They believe that solving this case could help solve several other storage shed burglaries in Chattanooga and surrounding areas.
If you have any information that can help, send the Chattanooga Police Property Crimes Division a message on Facebook.