Burglary on Cooper Road

One of the burglaries took place on Cooper Road in Tunnel Hill on Sept. 20. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Catoosa County sheriff's detectives are investigating two residential burglaries that recently took place less than 24 hours apart on opposite ends of the county.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, the first incident occurred in Rossville on Sept. 19 and was followed up by a similar incident the next day in Tunnel Hill.

The first incident occurred in the 200 block of Biscayne Boulevard in Rossville just before 11 a.m.

Deputies arrived at the scene after receiving a complaint from a neighbor that a window at the residence appeared to have been knocked out, reports show.

The house had been ransacked with jewelry, electronics, cash, and a fireproof box having been stolen.

The second burglary occurred at 248 Cooper Road in Tunnel Hill the next day sometime between 5:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

In that incident, the residents returned home to find their garage doors damaged and the home rummaged through.

"The victim stated she kept a book of checks to her business and a book of checks to her private account in the drawer of a chest in the laundry room, and that both were missing," Deputy Doug Licklider said.

The victim said nothing else appeared to be missing, but that a jewelry box had been gone through.

"There were also marks on the garage floor possibly made from a hand truck or dolly used by the offender(s)," Licklider said.

Anyone with information about either incident is encouraged to contact the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department at 706-935-2424.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.