KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Officers arrest two men the Knoxville Police Dept. believes are linked to a rash of recent burglaries. So far, though, Kenneth Carl Loveday and Timothy Gayton Ross have only been charged with a burglary at the Spicy's on Emory Rd. They are each being held on $20,000 bond.
The pair were captured after officers spent much of Wednesday morning chasing reports of robberies in the area. The first call came at the Silver Spoon Cafe on Lovell Rd. around 3:30 a.m., where a cash drawer and two computers were taken, according to the general manager.
"Oh it's very scary. I mean, we come in in the morning, you know - we're the first ones here and then leaving at night, you know, there's not always a big group of us here. So it's very scary to think that someone would target us at all," said Amy Thomas, general manager of the Silver Spoon Cafe.
About 45 minutes later, authorities received a call about a man jumping over the fence at the Bearden Hill Field House. The witness in that instance was able to give officials a partial license plate number and a description of the suspect's vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, just after 4:30 a.m., an alarm alerted Knox Co. deputies to a break in at the Five Guys Burger off of Emory Rd. When they arrived, the deputies found the suspects had tried taking a safe, but couldn't do it.
Finally, about 20 minutes later, another alarm, this time at the Spicy's, sent deputies there, where they found an ATM had been stolen.
Meanwhile, the Knoxville Police Dept. was organizing patrol efforts to try and track down the suspects, spotting it shortly after 5:00 a.m. The driver, Loveday, pulled into his driveway on Shelbourne Drive. Both Loveday and his passenger, Ross, were arrested. Two women, who were in the house at the time, were also taken in for questioning. Neither of them have been charged.
Police obtained a search warrant to search the car and said the ATM stolen from Spicy's was in plain site. Officers said they found several other stolen items inside Loveday's home.
While they haven't been charged, police said they believe the suspects are linked to the recent string of robberies as well as 10 to 20 several other incidents.