A string of robbery and burglary charges in North Chattanooga against Ricky L. Davis were dismissed in Criminal Court on Thursday.
Judge Barry Steelman earlier ruled that evidence gathered against Davis based on use of a GPS tracking device could not be used in court before law enforcement officers did not seek a warrant.
Police arrested Davis in July 2010 after spotting him rattling doors at a residence on Dartmouth Street. After looking at the method of operation in which the robberies were being committed, police began to look at Davis as a possible suspect.
When Davis was spotted later, he was armed and shaking the door handle of a residence. At that point, officers believed that they had found their suspect.
Following Davis’s arrest, a search warrant was executed at his 5th Avenue home and several items reported stolen during a recent robbery at 304 Tremont St. were recovered.
Davis was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, theft over $1,000 and unlawful possession of a firearm for that robbery.
Prior to that arrest, Davis had been recently released from prison after serving time on cases stemming from other robberies committed in the North Chattanooga area.