Man Who Got Off On Legal Technicality On Burglaries Is Facing New Spate Of Break-Ins

Thursday, November 07, 2013
Ricky Lebron Davis
Ricky Lebron Davis

A man who got off on a legal technicality on a string of burglaries has been charged with a new spate of burglaries.

Ricky Lebron Davis, 27, of 3102 3rd Ave., was in General Sessions Court this week with a line of witnesses ready to testify, but he was granted additional time when he said he wanted to hire his own attorney rather than use an appointed lawyer.

Davis remains held under bonds totaling $750,000. 

A string of robbery and burglary charges in North Chattanooga against Davis were dismissed in Criminal Court last August. Judge Barry Steelman 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’ 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. 

Davis got a four-year sentence after pleading guilty in January 2006 to aggravated burglary and theft of property.

He got a five-year prison term in October 2008 after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated burglary. At the same time, charges of rape and robbery were dismissed.

Police responded on Oct. 14 to a burglary at 211 Evening Side Dr. at Ferger Place. Curtis Sheppard said during the night he was awakened by a black male going through his backpack that was beside his bed. The burglar took his car keys and wallet from the bag.

Two black males were seen getting into a 2002 Lexus outside the residence.

During that same morning, there were two other burglaries - on Monte Vista Dr. and Sunbeam Avenue.

Police said some of the evidence from all three burglaries was located later that morning.

Three days later, the stolen 2002 Lexus was recovered on 3rd Avenue. 

Items in the car included car keys belonging to a woman at the Sunbeam Avenue address and paperwork belonging to Dylan Honeycutt, who lives at the house on Monte Visa Drive. 

A receipt was found that showed where a purchase was made on Oct. 14 at Citi Trends in the 5600 block of Brainerd Road. Video from the store showed Davis making the purchase.

When Davis was interviewed by police, he said that was him in the video and he had been in a car driven by Perry Kearse.

On Oct. 23, police responded to a burglary on East View Drive. A woman said she heard a loud noise from the kitchen and thought something had fallen. She opened the door and found that it had been kicked in.

She said her IPod, Ipod touch and some medical supplies had been stolen.

Using her cell phone, she was able to locate her IPod. Police found it in a Honda Odyssey in the 3800 block of 12th Avenue. The Honda Odyssey had been stolen during a burglary at the home of Michael Boyd on South Crest Road. Also taken in that burglary were a TV and other electronic items.

The TV taken from the Boyd residence was found inside the Honda Odyssey along with items taken from the woman on East View Drive. 

Fingerprints were taken from the Boyd TV and were found to match those of Davis, police said.






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