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Increased Patrols Lead to Burglary Suspect Arrest

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn.- Lexington Police said they have solved a string of crimes with one single arrest.

Officers arrested Andy L. Woods for burglary after they said they caught him breaking into the Scott's Barbecue spot in Lexington, Saturday. Woods was captured after officers noticed a broken window during one of their increased patrols around the business.

"It doesn't happen everyday, being at the right place at the right time and catching someone in the act committing this type of crime," said Capt. Jeff Middleton of the Lexington Police Dept.

Owners of the barbecue business told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that their store had been targeted for weeks. The shop has been broken into four times since January. Owner said each break in has hurt the family business.

"He got a hold of my damn donuts my bread man left me, a thing of donuts from Walmart and he got them all," said owner Ricky Parker. "I don't actually do this for my sake. I try to keep everybody that works for me a job and there's a lot of times I don't make no money. This is my house, all you got to do is knock on the door and I'll give it to you if i got it."

Investigators said they believe Woods targeted the barbecue shop at least three times. Even though it has been a tough year, Parker said he is glad police are protecting his store. He said in this case justice proved to be similar to his barbecue secrets.

"Good things come to those who wait," said Parker.

Woods has been charged with three counts of felony burglary and three counts of vandalism. His bond is set at $5,000.