KNOXVILLE, Tenn — The man suspected for a series of burglaries and break-ins in Downtown Knoxville businesses faces 15 counts of burglary and one count of motor vehicle theft, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, KPD officers arrested Mark Randall Cooper, 50, who was found in an abandoned building on East Depot Avenue. He was taken into custody without incident.

Cooper had an outstanding warrant out of Alabama for Violation of Parole in relation to previous burglary offenses, according to KPD.

KPD said Cooper admitted to multiple burglaries that were reported on the dates listed at the following locations: 

  • Qwik Pantry on East Magnolia on September 20 and October 2
  • Smoke Shop on Chapman Highway on October 3
  • Last Days of Autumn Brewing on Magnolia Avenue on October 6
  • Graphic Creations on Fourth Avenue on October 8
  • Raven Records and Rarities on N. Central Street on September 23
  • Ladies of Charity on Baxter Avenue on September 20 
  • Woodland Market and Deli on Woodland Avenue on September 28
  • Mark Nelson Denim on Depot Avenue on September 14
  • Time Out Deli on Magnolia Avenue on September 29 and October 5 
  • Aladdin’s Time Out Deli on Central Avenue on October 1
  • First Stop Discount Tobacco on Woodland Avenue on October 1
  • Yassin’s Falafel House on Walnut Street on October 7
  • The Market on Gay Street on October 8 

Knoxville Police said Cooper is also charged with stealing a company vehicle from Turn Key Installations on East Jackson Avenue sometime between Oct. 5 and Oct. 7. 

According to KPD, that vehicle was possibly used in the commission of several of the burglaries.


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