Man arrested for breaking into Nixon's Deli

Police responded to an alarm and burglary call at Ace Transmission on 4901 Clinton Highway at approximately 11:27 p.m Thursday night.
When police got on the scene they found that the front glass door had been broken out.

While waiting for the property owner to respond to the business, police then went to another alarm and burglary call at 11:35 p.m. at the Norwood Service Center on 5310 Clinton Highway. The front door of the business had also been broken out.

At approximately 12:10 a.m. Friday morning officers responded to a third alarm and burglary call at Nixon’s Deli located at 508 Merchant’s Drive. Officers discovered a broken window along with the theft of the cash register.

At 12:14 a.m., a witness reported seeing a white male wearing a camouflage jacket attempt to break a window at a business located at 314 Merchants Drive and then flee to a room at the America’s Best Value Inn also located on Merchants.

At approximately 12:23 a.m., three officer located and placed the suspect into custody at the motel.

Police identified him as 48 year old Luke D. Lavalley.
Video evidence from one of the businesses helped to identify Lavalley as the suspect. The missing cash register was also found.

Lavalley was charged with Burglary and Theft of the Nixon’s Deli on Merchants Drive and was found to have four existing warrants on file (1 Burglary and 1 Theft from The Board Room, 6513 Kingston Pike, and 1 Burglary and 1 Theft from Next To New Consignment Boutique, 7212 Kingston Pike) and one for burglary in Anderson County.

Additional charges on Lavalley are expected to come out soon.

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