Mt. Juliet Police to Keep It Hot in Shopping Areas During Operation Safe Shopper

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – As Mt. Juliet Police has done for a few years, the department is adding additional officers to patrol during the holiday shopping season as shoppers hit Mt. Juliet’s hottest retail areas. Starting on Thanksgiving afternoon, Black Friday, and throughout the shopping season, more police officers will be in and around Mt. Juliet’s Interstate 40 shopping hub in an effort to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for residents and visitors.

“The extra officers have been very successful in the past, and we have not had any violent or serious crime during the beefed-up patrols,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “It is our goal to ensure that residents and visitors continue to have a safe, crime-free, enjoyable shopping experience in Mt. Juliet.”

As patrols ramp-up in Operation Safe Shopper, officers will be more visible. However, other officers will not be obvious as they patrol in unmarked vehicles, wearing common clothing to blend in. Officers will be focusing on suspicious and unsafe behavior in and around the malls, looking for those who could be trying to take advantage of the distraction that comes with holiday shopping.  To increase response time, a fifth patrol zone was activated around the malls. Operation Safe Shopper will run from Thursday, November 27 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Mt. Juliet Police will also be reminding area retailers of the Retail Text Alert program, which is a police-community partnership that provides real-time text alerts about criminal activity to retail staff once an incident occurs. This program has been successful in keeping retailers aware of crimes and suspects before they hit their stores. Retailers interested in receiving the text alerts can contact Cpl. James Christensen at (615) 754-3907 or jchristensen@cityofmtjuliet.org.

Operation Safe Shopper began in 2010 as an enhanced-visibility initiative to help deter crime, increase response times, and alleviate traffic congestion during the busy holiday shopping season. Mt. Juliet Police has not experienced major theft or violent crime in its retail areas while Operation Safe Shopper was underway.

Police offer the following holiday shopping safety tips:

Shopper Safety Tips:

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Park in well-lighted spaces, lock car doors, and place packages out of sight in the trunk or under seats.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card if possible.
  • Carry purses close to the body, not dangling by the straps.
  • Put wallets in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Supervise children at all times. Teach children to go to a police officer or security guard if they get lost or separated.
  • Take a holiday inventory. The holidays are a good time to take photos or videos of items in your home

Parking Lot Safety Tips:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If shopping at night, park in well-lit areas.
  • Never leave your vehicle unlocked.
  • When walking to your vehicle, look prepared by having your keys in your hand, your purse and other packages close to you, and always be aware of what is around you.
  • Never leave holiday packages or other valuable items visible inside your vehicle.
  • If possible, shop with other and walk in groups. It is safer to have another person with you.
  • If you see suspicious people or activity, go back into the store or to a populated area and contact the police immediately.

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Mt. Juliet Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Walgreens

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A lone gunman entered Walgreens this evening, demanding cash from store staff and one patron. Around 9:08 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014, officers rushed to Walgreens (11185 Lebanon Road) after Mt. Juliet’s Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

A slender black male, approximately 5’8” tall with dread-style hair, wearing a black hooded-sweatshirt, grey undershirt, black pants, black tennis shoes, and a covering over his face, entered the store and confronted a clerk and patron at the front cash register. The suspect demanded cash from the cash register, which the clerk complied. He also demanded cash from the patron’s wallet, but the patron did not have any cash. Shortly thereafter, the suspect forced the clerk and the patron to the back office to lie face down on the ground. A store manager was in the back office, and he complied with the suspects demands as well. The suspect then ran out of the store on foot, but his whereabouts after that is unknown.

No one was injured during this incident, and the suspect fled away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize the suspect and his clothing from the surveillance images.

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Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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Scammers look to steal your money year round, Mt. Juliet Residents Are Receiving IRS Phone Scam Calls

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – There is a telephone scam that has made its rounds into the Mt. Juliet community where the caller is impersonating an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent and threatening arrest. Luckily, it appears that no residents have been victimized, but many have reported to police that they have received the bogus phone call.

In an effort to inform the community, Mt. Juliet Police is forwarding the following IRS Scam Alert:

Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Unveils New Video to Warn Taxpayers

IR-2014-105, Oct. 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — As incidents of an aggressive telephone scam continue across the country, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled a new YouTube video with a renewed warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by impostors posing as tax agency representatives.

The new Tax Scams video describes some basic tips to help protect taxpayers from tax scams.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

“In recent weeks, we continue to see these telephone scams in every part of the country,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are clear warning signs of fraud. This is not how we do business. We urge people to be careful when they get these threatening phone calls.”

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

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Efforts of Watchful Citizens and Officers Lead to Arrest of Car Burglar

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A car burglar was apprehended early this morning after burglarizing unlocked cars and leading police on a short pursuit. Around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2014, a watchful citizen noticed a suspicious man opening doors on vehicles in the 1200 block of Shelton Court. After the citizen called the emergency communications center, officers immediately responded to look for the suspect.

As an officer arrived on the Kelsey Glen neighborhood street, he witnessed the suspect rummaging through a red SUV. The officer approached, and the suspect jumped into a nearby silver car and quickly sped away. Officers gave chase, but due to high speeds, briefly lost visual with the suspect as it rocketed down Old Lebanon Dirt Road. Luckily, officers noticed that the suspect pulled-off on a side street, and they caught up with him.

Once officers approached the suspect again, he ran on foot and officers gave chase. After jumping fences, running through a creek, and into a field, the suspect was apprehended. Officers identified the suspect as Patrick Hammer, 20, of Mt. Juliet. Once apprehended, the suspect was fairly cooperative with investigators, and it is believed that Mr. Hammer is a suspect in many car burglaries in the area.

“Our citizens are partners in our fight against crime, and watchful citizens, who report suspicious activity, are invaluable,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “The system worked well in this incident, and I’m glad the suspect was caught before more citizens became victims to his criminal acts.”

Hammer was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Burglary – Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest, and Reckless Endangerment. He is set to appear in court on January, 13, 2015 under a $17,500.00 bond.

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NEW DETAILS: Three Juveniles In-Custody Following Early Morning Burglaries

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Three juveniles have been apprehended in connection to early morning burglaries at a Mt. Juliet apartment complex. Early this morning around 7:00 a.m., officers were summoned to Aventura Apartments in the Providence community in reference to six unlocked car burglaries and one aggravated burglary to an unlocked apartment.

While officers were investigating the burglaries, they located a wallet to an apartment resident who lives in the 2100 block of Aventura Drive. When making contact with the wallet owner, officers discovered that it was stolen from inside the apartment. Apparently, suspects entered the victim’s apartment through an unlocked door to commit burglary. While three residents were asleep in the apartment, wallets and a set of car keys were stolen. The suspects used the keys to steal a 2014 Volkswagen Passat, which was tracked with the assistance of GPS and Metro-Nashville Police officers to a hotel located in the 1000 block of Bell Road in Antioch.

“When crime hits our community, we try our hardest to track down those who threaten our peace,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “Thankfully, we were able to quickly apprehend three suspects today with the commitment of our officers and assistance from Metro-Nashville Police.”

After a brief search for the suspects at the Antioch hotel, three male juvenile teens were located around 10:00 a.m. and apprehended in connection to the car burglaries and aggravated burglary to the apartment in Mt. Juliet. The ages of the three are 15, 16, and 17 out of Nashville. A fourth male suspect fled on foot to nearby woods, but he was never located. Metro-Nashville Police Department assisted in the search, and Mt. Juliet Police is grateful for their assistance.

Later in the investigation, officers discovered a 2014 Toyota Avalon, stolen out of Nashville on November 4, 2014, in the parking lot of Holiday Inn (565 S. Mt. Juliet Road). This car was ditched prior to the juveniles committing the burglaries in Aventura Apartments due to it having two flat tires.

All three juveniles will be charged with one count of Aggravated Burglary, one count Theft of Auto, multiple counts of Theft of Property, and multiple counts of Burglary to a Vehicle.

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Three Juveniles In-Custody Following Early Morning Burglaries

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Three juveniles have been apprehended in connection to early morning burglaries at a Mt. Juliet apartment complex. Early this morning around 7:00 a.m., officers were summoned to Aventura Apartments in the Providence community in reference to six unlocked car burglaries and one aggravated burglary to an unlocked apartment.

While officers were investigating the burglaries, they located a wallet to an apartment resident who lives in the 2100 block of Aventura Drive. When making contact with the wallet owner, officers discovered that it was stolen from inside the apartment. Apparently, suspects entered the victim’s apartment through an unlocked door to commit burglary. While three residents were asleep in the apartment, wallets and a set of car keys were stolen. The suspects used the keys to steal a 2014 Volkswagen Passat, which was tracked with the assistance of GPS and Metro-Nashville Police officers to a hotel located in the 1000 block of Bell Road in Antioch.

“When crime hits our community, we try our hardest to track down those who threaten our peace,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “Thankfully, we were able to quickly apprehend three suspects today with the commitment of our officers and assistance from Metro-Nashville Police.”

After a brief search for the suspects at the Antioch hotel, three male juvenile teens were located around 10:00 a.m. and apprehended in connection to the car burglaries and aggravated burglary to the apartment in Mt. Juliet. The ages of the three are 15, 16, and 17 out of Nashville. A fourth male suspect fled on foot to nearby woods, but he was never located. Metro-Nashville Police Department assisted in the search, and Mt. Juliet Police is grateful for their assistance.

Later in the investigation, officers discovered a 2014 Toyota Avalon, stolen out of Nashville on November 4, 2014, in the parking lot of Holiday Inn (565 S. Mt. Juliet Road). This car was ditched prior to the juveniles committing the burglaries in Aventura Apartments due to it having two flat tires.

All three juveniles will be charged with one count of Aggravated Burglary, one count Theft of Auto, multiple counts of Theft of Property, and multiple counts of Burglary to a Vehicle.

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Man Arrested Early This Morning After Smashing Business Windows, Attempting to Break-In With a Rock

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A Mt. Juliet Police Officer made a quick apprehension after a man attempted to smash his way into a closed market with a rock. Around 3:20 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014, officers were summoned to the Shell Corner Market at 20 Benders Ferry Road after a nearby resident heard a loud audible alarm sounding.

Upon arrival, an officer noticed a suspicious man near the market, and noticed he had just attempted a break-in. He was identified as Chadrick Martin, 31, of Nashville. Video surveillance captured Martin looking into one of the surveillance cameras and adjusting it. The cameras then captured Martin throwing a rock at the window, sitting down in a chair adjacent to the business, and appearing to wait for police arrival.

Martin Adjusts Surveillance Camera

Martin Adjusts Surveillance Camera

While officers were investigating the market break-in, Martin confessed to attempting a break-in at First Freedom Bank, located at 12888 Lebanon Road, just moments prior to busting the window out at the Shell Corner Market. Martin attempted to enter the bank by also throwing a rock through the window. Both attempted burglaries were unsuccessful, and no property was taken. However, damage was sustained to the market and bank windows.

Martin was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with two counts of Burglary – Criminal Attempt. He is set to appear in court on January, 28 2015 under a $10,000.00 bond.

Chadrick Martin, 31, of Nashville

Chadrick Martin, 31, of Nashville

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Investigators Seeking Information in $15,000.00 Copper Theft

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are seeking information into a $15,000.00 copper theft from a business. Mt. Juliet Police were summoned to Universal Rack Company, located in the 60 block of Athens Drive, in reference to a theft and vandalism investigation on September 28, 2014.

It was determined that on September 28, 2014 around 1:00 a.m., suspects stole over $15,000.00 in copper and caused nearly $1,000.00 in property damage to the business. During the theft, suspects gained entry into a fenced area by cutting a lock to the gate.  The suspects also attempted to gain entry into the business’s building by prying the metal siding off the exterior wall. They were unsuccessful and did not make entry.

Video surveillance captured the suspects driving a white late 1990’s model Chevrolet/GMC Suburban that was pulling a large flatbed trailer.

Example of Possible Suspect Vehicle (Not Actual Vehicle)

Example of Possible Suspect Vehicle (Not Actual Vehicle)

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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Man Arrested After Threatening to Cut Co-worker’s Throat With Box-Cutter

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man was arrested at a distribution facility yesterday after threatening to cut a co-workers throat with a box-cutter. Officers were summoned to CEVA Logistics, 12008 Eastgate Boulevard, on Monday, October 27, 2014 around 5:45 p.m. to investigate an altercation between co-workers. Facility security notified police and separated two male subjects after they got into an altercation.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a 36-year-old male victim. The victim stated that he returned to his workstation after break when a co-worker became upset with him. The co-worker, identified as Omar Abdi, 30, of Nashville, asked the victim to leave, but the victim continued to work. Allegedly, Abdi then became angry and started to pull the victim outside of the facility to fight. After the victim refused to go outside, Abdi head-butted the victim and threatened to cut the victim’s throat with a box-cutter he pulled from his pocket. Bruising and swelling to the victim’s eye area was observed by the investigating officer. The victim ran to safety after being threatened with the box-cutter.

Abdi was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Aggravated Assault. He is set to appear in court on November 18, 2014 under a $7,500.00 bond.

Omar Abdi, 30, of Nashville

Omar Abdi, 30, of Nashville

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Emergency Crews in Mt. Juliet Respond to 2″ Gas Line Rupture, Scene Now Safe

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – This morning around 9:00 a.m., Mt. Juliet Fire and Police responded to the area of Old Lebanon Dirt Road near Cedar Drive after a construction contractor struck a 2 inch gas line with a backhoe. Wilson County Emergency Management Agency also responded to assist.

Mt. Juliet Fire and Piedmont Natural Gas crews On-Scene

Mt. Juliet Fire and Piedmont Natural Gas crews On-Scene

During the active rupture, Old Lebanon Dirt Road was closed between N. Mt. Juliet Road and Cedar Drive. Seven businesses in the Valley Center strip mall were evacuated as a safety precaution. The struck gas line was directly behind the evacuated businesses.

Crews from Piedmont Natural Gas quickly responded to the scene and worked diligently to find the proper valves to shut off the leak. The rupture was stopped around 10:00 a.m., and evacuated businesses were able to return to normal operation.

Piedmont Natural Gas crews remain on-scene repairing the damaged line.

Photo of Backhoe that Struck Gas Line

Photo of Backhoe that Struck Gas Line

Evacuation Area

Evacuation Area

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