Man Attempts to Return Stolen Clothes at Walmart for a Gift Card Then Runs From Officers

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After selecting clothing in Walmart, a man took the merchandise to the customer service desk to complete an exchange, prior to even making a purchase. When officers arrived, the man took off running in an attempt to get away. He was unsuccessful, and a fast-footed officer took him into custody.

On Wednesday, February 25, around 11:30 a.m., police officers responded to Walmart after they were alerted to an active shoplifting in progress. Prior to arriving on the scene, Walmart staff provided police dispatch with a good description of the shoplifter, and he was spotted by officers upon arrival. Once the shoplifter saw the police officers, he bolted and ran across the parking lot. So officers gave chase and took Christopher Payne, 20, of Lebanon, into custody in front of Workout Anytime.

Further investigation revealed that Payne entered Walmart and began selecting items throughout the store. He then took $191.26 of merchandise to the customer service desk to return them for a refund, without purchasing the items first. In addition, he attempted to take 3 bottled drinks out of a cooler on his way out. All of Payne’s actions were recorded on Walmart’s surveillance system.

Payne was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft of Property – Shoplifting and Evading. He is set to appear in court on April 23, 2015 on a $4,000 bond.

Christopher T. Payne, 20, of Lebanon

Christopher T. Payne, 20, of Lebanon

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Mt. Juliet Public Safety & Public Works Prepared and Monitoring Developing Winter Storm; Police Offer Safety Tips

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Weather forecast models have become confident in snow accumulation for Mt. Juliet, and it has the attention of city public safety and public works crews. Residents should expect major travel impacts on Monday and should have a plan in place to not travel on roadways if conditions become hazardous. At present, it appears that snow will begin falling late Sunday night into Monday and continue through Tuesday. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for our area for the predicted weather event, and temperatures are to remain near or below freezing for much of the upcoming week. Mt. Juliet Police, Fire, and Public Works departments are actively monitoring the developing situation, and they are prepared for this winter-weather event.

Additional police officers have been placed on standby, and they will be utilized if more staffing is necessary to respond for calls. Equipment has also been installed on certain police vehicles to provide better traction and to ensure officers continue to have the capability to respond.

Mt. Juliet Fire Department will increase staffing during the predicted snowfall, and all four apparatuses will be completely staffed during the weather event.

Mt. Juliet Public Works will begin to brine main city thoroughfares on Sunday afternoon. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is responsible for state roadways like Mt. Juliet Road, Lebanon Road, and Central Pike. Staff has been placed on standby, and salt trucks with snow removal equipment have been readied.

With the potential for snowfall to hit Mt. Juliet, the Mt. Juliet Police Department reminds residents to stay safe in snowy weather. Please remember the following tips throughout any winter storm:

  • Follow us on Social Media for Updates: Follow Wilson County and Tennessee public safety agencies on Twitter & Facebook. Many agencies actively communicate with the public about road closures, traffic advisories, and/or important information on Twitter and Facebook. Below is a list of area social media links:
  • Stay Informed: Anytime there is a possibility of a winter storm, it is always important to stay connected and have your communication devices charged. Consider registering for Mt. Juliet and Wilson County EMA Nixle Alerts to receive real-time text alerts on your phone. It is simple to register, simply text your zip code to the phone number “888777”.
  • Take Note of the Weather Forecast: Mt. Juliet Police encourage residents to take note of local forecasts and plan accordingly for adverse weather conditions. Motorists are reminded that they can dial 511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road conditions on Tennessee roadways. The Tennessee Department of Transportation also has a great SmartWay resource that provides up-to-date traffic information on Tennessee’s highway system. You can find more information about it at www.TNSmartWay.com .
  • Vehicle Preparation: With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving. Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels. Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth. Motorists should equip their vehicles with an ice scraper, jumper cables, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets. Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving, including all lights, for visibility. Clearing vehicles of snow and ice enhances the safety of all motorists by providing an unobstructed view to the operator and prevents snow and ice from flying off vehicles at high speeds and posing a hazard to others on the road. Motorists should also carry a charged cell phone.
  • Reduce Speed: Anticipate delays. Most snow and ice-related crashes are caused by spin-outs and vehicles sliding off the road because they are traveling at speeds too great for the road and weather conditions. Posted speed limits are set for driving under perfect, dry conditions. If road and weather conditions are dangerous, motorists should operate at a speed well below the posted limit.
  • Leave Extra Space Between Vehicles: Under perfect driving conditions, motorists should leave at least one car length for every ten miles per hour between them and the vehicle in front of them. If the road and weather conditions are dangerous, that distance should be significantly increased in order to afford for increased stopping distances.
  • Black Ice: Transparent ice may form on the roadway. If you notice ice forming on any objects, assume that it is forming on the road surface as well. Bridges are usually the first surfaces to freeze. Drive slowly and, if possible, avoid driving on iced-over surfaces.
  • Buckle Up: The single most effective thing that motorists can do to keep themselves, friends, and loved ones safe on the road is to buckle up.
  • Dial 911 in Roadway Emergencies: Motorists who become disabled in a dangerous location or encounter an emergency on the roadways should dial 911 on their cell phones to immediately be connected to emergency services. Motorists should always be aware of their location, noting the road they are traveling on and nearest cross-street or mile-marker.

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MJPD Officers Assist Homeless Man the Night Before Police Chief Buys His Lunch

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – There is more to the story about Chief Hambrick buying a homeless gentleman’s lunch on Monday. After the Chief’s story went viral, it became apparent that two other Mt. Juliet police officers encountered the man the night before. An officer arranged for a hotel room for him, and he pushed the man, in his wheelchair, to the hotel. That act, was caught on in-car video.

Around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015, Mt. Juliet’s Police & Fire Communications Center received a call about a man in a wheelchair hitchhiking on Mt. Juliet Road near Interstate 40. Officer Stolinsky and Creasy arrived and found a 59-year-old man, who was homeless. They could not allow the man to continue hitchhiking, but they ensured he had a place to rest for the night. Officer Stolinsky purchased a hotel room for gentleman to stay in for the night, and he assisted him to the hotel while Officer Creasy followed and blocked traffic with his police vehicle. Stolinsky was later reimbursed by Mt. Juliet Church of Christ for the purchase of the gentleman’s hotel room.

The following day, Chief Hambrick encountered the same man after the Communications Center received a call about him being too close to the roadway. Chief Hambrick purchased his lunch and arranged for Mt. Juliet Church of Christ to assist him to his desired destination, which went viral on social media. Police department staff was unaware of Officer Stolinsky and Creasy’s actions the night before.

“We remain committed to our community, and we try to do everything we can to ensure someone is well taken care of. Police officers go above and beyond all over our Nation,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “Our assistance to the homeless gentleman could not have been possible without the assistance from Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, and I am thankful for our partnership.”

Photo Posted to MJPD's Social Media of Chief Assisting Homeless Man

Photo Posted to MJPD’s Social Media of Chief Assisting Homeless Man

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Shoplifter Pushes Out Cart Full of Groceries to Officer Issuing Handicap Parking Citation and Gets Arrested

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – While an officer was enforcing a handicap parking violation, the owner of the car shoplifted a cart full of groceries and pushed it out to the illegally parked car and awaiting officer. On Friday, February 6, 2015 around 9:00 a.m., a Mt. Juliet police officer observed a gray 2006 BMW car parked illegally in a handicapped parking space at Kroger, located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road.

 

Melody N. Cummings, 39, of Hermitage

Melody N. Cummings, 39, of Hermitage

The car’s owner, identified as Melody Cummings, 39, of Hermitage, pushed out a shopping cart full of groceries to the awaiting officer, who was in the process of issuing a citation for her illegally parked car. The officer found it odd that none of the groceries were bagged, and Cummings could not produce a receipt for the items. Kroger management was contacted, and it was determined that Cummings did, in fact, push out $227.10 worth of unpaid groceries.

Further investigation revealed that Cummings had an active aggravated assault arrest warrant for a previous attempted shoplifting incident where she assaulted a Target loss prevention agent with her car. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, loss prevention witnessed Cummings pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise in an attempted shoplifting at Target, located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road. Cummings became suspicious, ditched the shopping cart, and ran to her car. As Cummings was leaving the Target parking lot, in an attempt to get away, she struck the loss prevention agent with her BMW. The loss prevention agent received minor injuries during the incident, and a warrant was obtained for Cummings arrest.

Cummings was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft of Property – Shoplifting and Aggravated Assault. She is set to appear in court on April 26, 2015.

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Mt. Juliet Police Reserve Officer Program Accepting Applications; Apply to Join a Force of Dedication

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Reserve police officers are an important part of the team at the Mt. Juliet Police Department, and the department is looking for dedicated individuals who want to be involved in law enforcement and public safety. Are you looking for a meaningful and challenging opportunity that helps keep Mt. Juliet safe? If so, consider applying for the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s reserve police officer program.

The Mt. Juliet Police Reserve program is comprised of many community members who dedicate their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time Mt. Juliet police officers. Reserve officers provide a vital role in supplementing the sworn personnel in essential public safety operations, which they all volunteer their time for at no cost to the department. Every volunteer police officer performs a myriad of duties such as assisting in patrol operations, deploying during natural or man-made disasters, protecting the integrity of crime scenes, assisting with crowd & traffic control during special events, and provide security during municipal court and other city events.

Mt. Juliet Police reserve officers come from a variety of backgrounds that enhances the Mt. Juliet Police Department with their unique sets of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Currently, there are IT specialists, accountants, large company executives, and reserve and retired military officers in the rich mix of the reserve force. A blend of retirees and employed, the reserve officers are individuals who like to learn, have the time to commit, and are dedicated to serving their community. Once reserve officer candidates pass rigorous background checks, interviews, and a physical fitness obstacle course, they are required to undergo training conducted by police instructors.

If someone has questions about the program, they should contact Lt. Chandler at (615) 754-3904. The application period will close on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., and interested persons should apply online at www.mjpd.org.

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Potential reserve officer applicants must meet similar qualifications as full-time police officers, which include:

Reserve Police Officer Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 Years of age
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor involving moral turpitude as the term is defined by law, and not having been released or discharged other than honorable conditions from any of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Must have his or her fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Must pass a medical examination by a licensed physician
  • Must pass a drug screen by a licensed physician
  • Must have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation
  • Must be free of all apparent mental disorders as described in the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Third Edition (DSM-11) of the American Psychiatric Association, and must be certified as meeting the criteria by a qualified professional in psychiatric and psychological fields
  • Must possess a valid Tennessee drivers license

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Attempt to Cover Surveillance Camera Captures Trailer Theft Suspect’s Face, Investigators Hoping to Identify

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Prior to stealing a trailer, an unknown man attempted to conceal his face from a surveillance camera, but was unsuccessful. Now, investigators need the public’s help to identify the thief.

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During the early morning hours of Friday, January 9, 2015, a large black dump trailer was stolen from Goodard Construction, located in the 9000 block of Lebanon Road. Surveillance video captured a dark-colored 2002-2005 model Dodge Ram 1500 single cab, short wheel-base, pickup truck pull up to the business. An unknown white male passenger exited the truck and attempted to cover the surveillance camera with a hat. However, he was unsuccessful, and his face was captured on camera. It appears another unknown suspect was driving the truck.

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspects responsible for this crime, they are 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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Investigators Make Arrests in Burglary Caught On Camera; Suspect Tracked Down Through Facebook

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators tracked down the persons responsible for burglarizing an open garage and unlocked car after receiving anonymous tips and finding one suspect’s whereabouts using Facebook. Steven E. Mundy, 46, of White House, and Sandra G. Clubbs, 22, of Mt. Juliet, were arrested and charged in connection with the burglary of an open garage and unlocked car that occurred on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in the 200 block of Larson Drive. A $300.00 GPS unit was stolen during the burglary.

Mundy was identified as the suspect after video surveillance was released of him committing the burglary. Approximately five anonymous callers notified investigators via Mt. Juliet Police Department’s anonymous tip line with information about Mundy. Investigators determined that Mundy was staying at a family member’s house in the Mt. Juliet area, but they did not know his exact location. After reviewing Mundy’s Facebook, investigators found a Mt. Juliet resident. Mundy was found at his Facebook friend’s home located in the 700 block of Stonegate Drive.

Further investigation revealed that Mundy was assisted in the burglary by Clubbs, who drove Mundy’s getaway car, witnessed him commit the burglary, and had control over the GPS that was stolen. She was located at her residence in the 200 block of West Division Street.

“We are thankful for the strong partnerships that we have with our community and humbled by the willingness of citizens in helping us identify the suspect in this case,” said Chief James Hambrick. “Social media is also a great tool for department interaction with the community, and in this case, it helped us track down the suspect’s whereabouts.”

Mundy was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Aggravated Burglary, Car Burglary, and Theft of Property. He is set to appear in court on February 26, 2015 under a $38,000.00 bond.

Steven E. Mundy, 46, of White House

Steven E. Mundy, 46, of White House

Clubbs was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Criminal Responsibility- Facilitation of a Felony and Theft of Property. She is set to appear in court on February 26, 2015 under a $2,500.00 bond.

Sandra Clubbs, 22, of Mt. Juliet

Sandra G. Clubbs, 22, of Mt. Juliet

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Vehicle Stop During Shoplifting Investigation Leads to Wanted Person and Drug Charges

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Officers responded to a report of possible active shoplifting, stopped a car, and located a wanted person. During the early afternoon of Wednesday, January 28, 2015, staff at a Providence Marketplace clothing store called Mt. Juliet Police to report possible active shoplifting by three individuals. Undercover officers, with Mt. Juliet’s Crime Suppression Unit, immediately responded to the area and began to conduct surveillance on the suspected theft activity.

A traffic stop was conducted on the suspects’ Honda CRV, and an odor of marijuana was noticed by officers. A baggy of approximately 2 grams of marijuana was spotted in the CRV’s center cup holder as well

Further investigation revealed that the driver, identified as Brittany R. Ezell, 24 of Nashville, had a revoked driver’s license and an active warrant out of Williamson County for a Probation Violation, stemming from previous charges of Theft Over $1,000.00, Aggravated Robbery, and Disorderly Conduct.

Two other individuals were in the CRV during the stop, but they were not charged with a crime. The three were all on active felony probation.

Ezell was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and Driving on a Revoked Driver’s License. She is set to appear in court on March 16, 2015 on a $3,000.00 bond.

Brittany R. Ezell, 24, of Nashville

Brittany R. Ezell, 24, of Nashville

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Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Suspect Sought by Investigators

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping someone will recognize a thief who fraudulently used a stolen credit card. On Friday, December 12, 2014, the victim’s credit card went missing at Walmart, located at 300 Pleasant Grove Road. It became apparent to the victim that the card was stolen after fraudulent uses of the card began to pop up on the victim’s account until the card was cancelled.

Investigators tracked the locations where the credit card was used, and they were able to obtain surveillance video of the suspect using the card. Wearing a black “Sons of Anarchy” sweatshirt and khaki pants, the white female suspect, who appears to be in her late 20’s to late 30’s years of age, used the victim’s card at the Murphy Express and Daily’s Shell gas stations in Mt. Juliet. In one of the businesses, the suspect wore a dark-colored ball cap backwards on her head.

The female suspect arrived at the businesses in a silver or tan 1995-2003 Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma, extended cab, pickup with chrome aftermarket wheels and ground effects.

Case #14-30152, Suspect, Murphy USA #1

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Case #14-31052, Suspect Vehicle, Murphy USA

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspect responsible for this crime, they are 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 Caught On Camera Burglarizing Open Garage and Unlocked Car


Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping to identify an unknown man who took advantage of an open garage and unlocked car to commit a burglary. During the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 20, 2015, the burglar noticed an open garage at a residence in the 200 block of Larson Drive. The burglar’s actions are captured on the burglarized home’s surveillance system, and the burglar does a u-turn on Larson Drive just prior to sneaking into the garage.

The burglar enters the garage and snatches a GPS device from an unlocked van. The thief attempted to enter the second, parked car in the garage, but it was locked. After committing the burglary, the thief ran back to his parked car and fled the area.

The burglar is described as a white male in his 40’s, approximately 5’10” tall, with a medium build and balding. He was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt with two lines of writing on the front.

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspect responsible for this crime, they are 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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