Chattanooga Police Forget Search Warrant
Ricky Davis was a burglar in the North Chattanooga area, but when local law enforcement agents used a GPS tracking system to monitor his personal vehicle and document his travels in order to build a case against him they made one critical error: getting a search warrant. Yes the vehicle tracking system proved with concrete certainty Davis was near the scene of a string of burglaries that occurred, but none of that GPS tracking evidence would be admitted as evidence because probable cause was never first established to justify tracking Davis. The career criminal found a loophole, beat the system, and was free to go. Unfortunately, stupid is as stupid does.
Davis has been arrested again for his involvement in a new string of burglaries, and although he was able to negate the GPS tracking system evidence before, now a number of eyewitnesses would be the key evidence in obtaining a conviction.
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In 2010, law enforcement officers witnessed Davis engaging in suspicious behavior, walking up to homes and checking doors to see if they were locked. This led the police investigators to believe that Davis was likely the individual involved in a number of local home robberies. A case was built against Davis, a search warrant was acquired and police discovered a number of stolen items in the home of the burglary suspect. He was arrested for aggravated burglary.
However, this was not the first time Davis had a run-in with the law. Before this particular arrest, Davis received a five-year prison sentence for a string of robberies he committed in the North Chattanooga area. He ended up only serving four years in jail and was able to beat some of the other charges he was accused of that included additional robbery charges and rape.
October 14th, 2013
Davis broke into the home of Curtis Sheppard, stealing his car keys and wallet. Davis, and another black male, were then seen getting into and driving off in the Lexus owned by Sheppard, which was parked outside his residence. During those same early morning hours, two other home burglaries were reported to the police. Interestingly enough, when police found the stolen Lexus a few days later the vehicle housed a number of contents stolen from the homes of the other reported burglaries.
October 23rd, 2013
A woman is frightened when she hears a loud sound coming from her kitchen. When she investigates the sound she discovers someone kicked in her kitchen door and stole an iPad along with other personal items of value. The woman used a GPS tracking app to locate the stolen iPad in real-time, which led police to a parked car. That car was also reported stolen and the owner of the vehicle was a victim of burglary. The stolen vehicle also housed a number of other items that were reported missing from other local burglaries.
Davis’s fingerprints were all over the stolen items found in the stolen vehicle.
Police were disappointed that Davis was able to beat previous burglary charges due to a technicality from the use of a GPS tracking system, but were very optimistic that with so much evidence and testimony from eyewitnesses that Davis will be back behind bars where he belongs soon enough.
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