Members of the Cedartown Police Department worked quickly this morning to close in on two suspects sought in connection with the burglary of a popular downtown deli. One suspect, Brandon Morris, of a Columbus, Ga., was previously arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. A second suspect, Damon Morris, was arrested Thursday on charges of burglary, theft by taking and criminal trespass.
The second Morris was found behind the same vacated home on South College Street that his brother had been arrested at on Wednesday.
According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, officers were alerted early Wednesday morning by employees of Pirkle’s Deli to a burglary that had already taken place. Upon reporting for work, employees realized that several items were missing, including the deli’s catering and delivery van, along with noticeable property damage. Newsome said his officers responded to the scene and confirmed that a burglary had taken place.
After a quick search, officers discovered the van had been abandoned in the Southside Baptist Church parking lot on Cobb Street. The van was not damaged and has been returned to the deli owner.
Using information gathered while on routine patrol, officers visited an area known for “squatting” and located food packaging that belonged to the deli. Officers then located Brandon Morris in an empty house on South College Street. He was taken into custody for questioning and later booked into the Polk County Jail.