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Police: Suspect facing multiple charges after string of tire thefts

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After a standoff and chase with police, detectives now say Christopher Williams was the man behind a series of car repair store burglaries.

Williams faces numerous charges, including burglary and theft. He’s accused of stealing tires from auto-shop stores. Police say he would break-in to the stores, find the tires, load them up in a stolen van and within minutes, be gone.

“He hit so many stores and he cost people money,” says Car X manager Dustin Butler.

Butler’s shop on Kingshighway was one of six prosecutors say Christopher Williams targeted between October 20-15 and January of this year.

“That’s the first time someone has actually broken into the shop. It kind of shocked me that it happened. There was not really damage, but they've took tires, so it was someone who walked in and knew what to look for,” he says.

It was back in January when News 4 showed you this video of Williams last burglary. Police saw him inside. Surveillance video shows the officer raise his gun and come face to face with the thief. But, he doesn't stop. Instead he takes off.  Williams was later arrested after he crashed.

Over the spree, Williams got away with over $4,000 dollars worth of tires from just this store alone.  But when he came back, Butler says they were ready.

“We just upgraded everything so we were able to catch him this time and put and end to it. Since he's been down, we haven't had any issues,” says Butler.

Police say after stealing tires from various south city auto shops, he would sell them on Craigslist. He got caught after selling those tires to an undercover officer.

“Hopefully it sets a tone that shops don't allow it and businesses are taking more control. Hopefully it stays that way and slows down. I understand times are tough, but this is just not a way to do it,” says Butler.

This is not Williams first run-in with the law. His criminal history includes stealing, burglary and tampering.

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