TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – After nearly 30 local restaurants were hit with criminal activity, Terre Haute authorities have made an arrest.
Twenty-two-year-old Deshawn Johnson was arrested and is now facing burglary charges.
Terre Haute police say the investigation took months, but they are happy they caught the man responsible.
The most recent restaurant burglarized was Chavas on Wabash Avenue. That was last month.
An investigation showed that Johnson broke the glass to the front door to get inside then fled to Indiana State University’s campus.
Authorities found his shoes and a hammer.
Even though this investigation took months, police say it was a top priority.
The restaurants hit were local, so Detective Julia Piety says it feels good to let victims know they got the guy.
“I think a lot of people feel safe. The police do a great job to get him and put him behind bars, in jail and I think he’s going to be there for awhile,” Chavas manager, Eleseo Hernandez said.
“It was our whole unit and there was a lot of different people just staying on top of this. We knew eventually we were going to get an identification on this guy,” Terre Haute Police Detective, Julia Piety said.
Authorities want to encourage victims of burglary to report to police.
While there may not be evidence in their case, there could be evidence in another that’s linked to the same suspect.