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Police: Adel man arrested for 10 burglaries

ADEL, GA (WALB) -

Business owners in Adel hope an eight month long burglary spree is over.

A suspect is in jail tonight charged with ten break-ins at four businesses.

A shoe print left at the scene of a burglary is one clue that led Adel Police detectives to connect 22-year-old Raymond Hooks to ten burglaries in the city, a crime spree that started in April.

"We took pictures of the shoe impressions at the scene and we took measurements of it at the scene and we matched it to our suspect Raymond Hooks," said investigator Chris Griffin.

Adel Police had been looking for Hooks. An officer spotted him in a Harvey's grocery store last week and arrested him. Today he's behind bars with 23 charges.

"You don't have to worry about him breaking in any where else now," said Terry Lane, owner of Impire Restaurant.

His business was a recent target. Police say when Hooks realized there wasn't any cash in the register he got desperate.

Hooks went as far as stealing from gumball machines. He smashed into two of them and stole all of the quarters.

"You know you got glass and everything shattered everywhere and you're working very hard to try and make a living so yeah it gets on your bad side," said Lane.

Hooks is also accused of breaking into Diggity Dogs Restaurant once, AJ's restaurant four times, and First Choice Home Medical four times. Police say in all the burglaries he only got away with $150 and a $900 laptop. Detectives say he targeted businesses that didn't have alarm or surveillance systems.

"He wasn't sloppy at all. He knew what he was doing. I'm sure these aren't the only ones he's done in the past but these are the only ones that we can prove," said Griffin.

"You have to do all this for some bubble gum machines, I could have given him them," said Lane.  

Hooks is booked in the Cook County Jail, he's being held without bond.

Police say Hooks always entered through windows. Most of those business have since installed alarm systems.

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