Cherokee Village Police were sent to the Elks Lodge about 11 p.m., because a security alarm was going off.
A white Dodge truck was found parked near an open rear door, which appeared to have been pried open.
Officers Shane Hightower and Michael Alexander searched the building but found no one inside.
Elks employees indicated that the security system's video recorder was missing, along with a set of keys to the building and around $100 in change from a glass jar on the bar.
Inside the truck near the rear door, officers found a bank bag containing cash, lottery tickets, a pawn ticket belonging to David Allen Hightower and drug paraphernalia.
Officer Hightower recalled working past commercial buglaries in which David Hightower (no relation) was arrested.
Because it appeared most of the money found in the truck did not belong to the Elk's Lodge, all area officers were asked to check other businesses for signs of a break-in.
Officer Alexander found a rear door open at the Lakeview Dinette in Cherokee Village.
A restaurant employee found the office had been broken into and cash stored in a bank deposit bag was missing.
Officer Hightower went to the home of a couple who have custody of David Hightower's son.
The couple told him Hightower, who was driving a white truck belonging to his boss, had dropped his son off earlier in the evening after taking him for a visit.
Police returned to the Elk's Lodge about 3:30 a.m. after its security alarm went off again.
While no one was found inside, officers recovered the missing video recorder and a crow bar outside the lodge.
They were then able to view a disc showing a man wearing a hoodie and gloves break into the lodge.
About noon on Dec. 12, Officer Hightower was contacted by Mark Byler, David Hightower's father.
He said his son had contacted Noah Delossantos, the owner of the truck recovered at the Elks Lodge, and asked him to report that his truck had been stolen.
Hightower indicated he was still hiding in a woods near the Elk's Lodge.
Hightower was later arrested and charged with the burglaries at the Elks Lodge and the Lakeview Dinette, in which more than $3,000 was taken, according to police reports.