Williams arrived at Farmer’s Furniture at 3:19 a.m. to investigate a burglar alarm at the business’s rear door.
As Williams began checking this location, he heard someone trying to leave through the back door.
At that time, Williams observed Simms leaving the business, carrying a crowbar and bank bags.
After Williams identified himself as a police officer, he alleges Simms attempted to avoid arrest by fleeing the area, running in the direction of Hillwood Avenue.
Williams gave chase down Hillwood Avenue to its intersection with West Broad Street, where Simms was arrested at 3:23 a.m.
When the bank bags were later recovered at the rear of Farmer’s Furniture, police officials say they contained approximately $150.
The crowbar also was recovered in a field adjacent to the store.
According to authorities, as Williams was taking the suspect into custody he injured his thumb.
He was later treated and released from Spalding Regional Medical Center.