At the beginning of the month, the Dalton Police Department arrested Ricardo Alexander Velasco-Rivera of Cleveland, Tennessee in connection to a string of burglaries in Dalton, including the October 22nd “chicken foot” burglary on Showalter Avenue. In that incident, Velasco-Rivera threw a bag of chicken parts into the backyard of the residence to distract a barking dog. After tracing the bag back to a Mini-Super Store, Dalton detectives were able to obtain a surveillance image of the man who purchased the chicken parts, which was released to the media.
Dalton detectives were able to track down Velasco-Rivera by tracking unusual pawn activity in a Dalton gold and jewelry pawn shop. Detectives traced this activity back to Velasco-Rivera and arrested him on October 31st. Since that date, detectives have linked Velasco-Rivera to ten burglaries in Dalton and also recovered nearly $10,000 in stolen jewelry which was returned to the rightful owners. Velasco-Rivera may also be responsible for additional burglaries in the area.