A Knoxville man is under-arrest linked to a rash of burglaries and break-ins Downtown. 50-year-old Mark Cooper is charged with break-ins at Yassin’s Falafal House, Graphic Connections, the Last Days of Autumn Brewery and more. Video shows Cooper throwing rocks through the windows of all the businesses.
Cooper was found in an abandoned building on East Depot Avenue Tuesday. He’s been charged with 15 counts of burglary and one count of vehicle theft. Officials say he admitted to burglarizing over a dozen businesses since late September:
- 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 Denum 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
Officials say Cooper stole a vehicle from Turn Key Installations on E. Jackson Avenue. Investigators believe it was used in many of the crimes.