KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Investigators confirmed that a spree of Knoxville burglaries that happened on Monday were likely connected.
Mark Randall Cooper was arrested in connections to a spree of break-ins and burglaries / Source: (Knox County Sheriff's Office)
According to Knoxville police, Mark Randall Cooper, 50, admitted to committing multiple burglaries at the following locations:
- Qwik Pantry on East Magnolia on September 20 and October 2
- Smoke Shop on Chapman Highway on October 3
- Last Days of Autumn Brewing on Magnolia Avenue on October 6
- Graphic Creations on Fourth Avenue on October 8
- Raven Records and Rarities on N. Central Street on September 23
- Ladies of Charity on Baxter Avenue on September 20
- Woodland Market and Deli on Woodland Avenue on September 28
- Mark Nelson Denim on Depot Avenue on September 14
- Time Out Deli on Magnolia Avenue on September 29 and October 5
- Aladdin’s Time Out Deli on Central Avenue on October 1
- First Stop Discount Tobacco on Woodland Avenue on October 1
- Yassin’s Falafel House on Walnut Street on October 7
- The Market on Gay Street on October 8
In addition, police say Cooper is accused of stealing a company vehicle from Turn Key Installations on E. Jackson Avenue sometime between Oct. 5-7. That vehicle was possibly used in the commission of several of the burglaries.
Cooper was taken into custody by police on Tuesday just after noon inside an abandoned building on East Depot Avenue.
Cooper had an outstanding warrant from Alabama for Violation of Parole in relation to previous burglary offenses. He has been charged with 15 counts of burglary and one count of motor vehicle theft.
Read more about what happened at Yassin's here.
Read more about what happened at Graphic Creations here.
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