By Patrick Yost
Images obtained by video surveillance from the Happy China restaurant enabled officers on Monday to arrest a man wanted on connection with a burglary of the popular Madison restaurant.
According to Sgt. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, officers arrested Ricky Fitch, 48, Madison at 4 p.m. while he walked on Cooks Hill Road.
Fitch became a prime suspect, Thompson said, after investigators reviewed a surveillance tape from Happy China, Eatonton Road, on July 12 that allegedly showed Fitch approach the restaurant at 12:19 a.m. Reports state that a man in the video suspected to be Fitch attempted to enter the restaurant by pulling on the front door.
Reports state that the suspect then walks to the side of the building, peers through a side window and then breaks the window with a cinder block. The man then enters the restaurant and leaves with two jars.
An employee of Happy China told investigators that two tip jars were missing from the restaurant.
Thompson said several officers were familiar with Fitch and identified him from the video. He also said community members had come forward and identified Fitch from the video after it was placed on social media. Fitch is charged with one count burglary.