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July 09, 2023

Tennessee Man Arrested After Five St. Tammany Restaurants Burglarized

A Tennessee man has been arrested after he burglarized four different restaurants Friday (July 7, 2023) night and then took St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies on a chase Saturday (July 8, 2023) afternoon.

Between the hours of 10:30 p.m. Friday night and 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, four restaurants were burglarized in western St. Tammany.  It was believed that a white box truck was used during those burglaries.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, an alert deputy with STPSO’s 4th Patrol District observed a box truck matching the description of the one used in the burglaries being driven on Collins Boulevard in Covington. The deputy conducted a traffic stop, but the driver did not comply with the deputy’s commands and instead fled southbound on U.S. Highway 190, crossing the median several times, driving against traffic at times and striking five vehicles, before heading westbound on Interstate 12. The driver exited the Interstate at Pinnacle Parkway, abandoned the box truck behind a business and fled on foot into a nearby neighborhood. Following a brief foot pursuit, the suspect, 25 year-old Malik Morris of Memphis, Tenn., was taken into custody.

In addition to the four burglaries that occurred Friday night/Saturday morning, Morris has also been tied to another restaurant burglary which occurred in western St. Tammany in June.

Morris was arrested on the charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Simple Burglary (5 counts), Improper Display of License Plate, Improper Lane Usage, Red Light Violation, Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property (5 counts), Vehicular Negligent Injuring (3 counts), and Resisting Arrest by Flight.

“This successful and quick arrest is due to the cooperation of our Investigations and Patrol Divisions and thanks to an alert deputy who recognized the truck from a BOLO provided by the detectives on the case,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “This is an example of how good old fashioned police work results in arrests.”

The occupants from three of the vehicles that were struck during the pursuit were transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.

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