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Video gives Elizabethton police lead to alleged burglar

Staff Report • Apr 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Surveillance video allowed Elizabethton police to make an arrest Wednesday in a pharmacy burglary, as they did not have much trouble identifying the alleged burglar, since he recently had been jailed on another burglary charge.

Michael Sims, 22, 718 West G Street, Apt. 5, had been arrested early Sunday morning on an accusation that he had burglarized and vandalized a doctor's office. On Wednesday, police charged him with burglarizing Union Pharmacy, 402 Bemberg Road, which had been burglarized just hours before the incident at the nearby doctor's office.

Police went to the pharmacy about 1 a.m. Sunday based on a burglary alarm and found the that the business' rear glass door was broken. A chair had been knocked over, and there were packages lying on the floor that had been knocked off a shelf, but the pharmacy owner reported that nothing seemed missing. Watching surveillance video the next day, police recognized Sims.

A 911 caller had reported seeing a suspicious person behind the doctor's office, and police found that a window at the office had been broken, as well as evidence indicating the office had been entered. Police found Sims in the area and saw wounds on his hands and arms consistent with injuries from broken glass. Sims told police he had been at the back of the building but denied breaking the glass.

He was charged Wednesday with burglary and vandalism over $500 from the incident at Union Prescription. He was due in court June 3.

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