Vigilant Police Officer Nabs Serial Shoplifter, Wanted by Mt. Juliet & Other Agencies

Michael Baucom, 42, of Nashville

Michael Baucom, 42, of Nashville

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – While a Mt. Juliet Police Officer was on patrol today, he noticed a known vehicle used in recent shoplifting thefts from Walmart travelling down Interstate 40. The gold Honda Accord was stopped this afternoon around 12:45 p.m., and the driver was identified as Michael Baucom, 42, of Nashville. Baucom is a known thief from the Metro-Nashville area.

On November 6, 2014, Baucom attempted to steal over $1,400 in merchandise from Walmart. A manager spotted him pushing the merchandise under a fence, and the manager was able to prevent the theft. Baucom fled, but a warrant was obtained for his arrest that he was arrested on today.

During today’s traffic stop, Baucom attempted to deceive the officer by providing a false name. However, the officer already knew who Baucom was. A check for warrants revealed that Baucom was wanted out of Wilson County for the Mt. Juliet Walmart theft and violation of conditional release, Robertson County for one failure to appear on trespassing warrant, and Metro-Davidson County for eight different warrants related to trespassing and theft.

Baucom was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail on the many different warrants.

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DUI Checkpoint Planned for Friday Evening, Police Looking for Impaired Drivers

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Additional Mt. Juliet Police Officers will hit the streets on the evening of Friday, December 19, 2014 in an effort to curb impaired driving and impaired-related crashes. Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted in the Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet Road, West Division St, and Belinda Parkway areas that evening.

“We recognize the danger presented to the public by those who make the terrible decision to drive while impaired,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “Therefore, officers will concentrate their efforts on motorists who operate a vehicle while impaired.”

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Jewelry Heist Strikes Prestige Pawn & Jewelry, Thieves Sawed Through Roof 

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are on the hunt for information about sophisticated jewelry thieves, who sawed through the roof of Prestige Pawn & Jewelry and stole over $200,000 in jewelry. Sunday afternoon on December 14, 2014, officers were summoned to Prestige Pawn & Jewelry after the business owner noticed much of his jewelry inventory was missing from the display cabinets.

Investigators responded to the scene to document the crime scene, and it was determined that the thieves entered the business at 3:00 a.m. early Sunday morning. To enter and exit the business, the thieves disabled the alarm system and used a saw to cut a hole in the roof.

Two unidentified suspects, with faces covered by masks, entered the business and targeted various types of jewelry. The business suffered over $200,000 in stolen jewelry and $5,000 in damages to the building.

Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize the suspects and their clothing from the surveillance images. When looking at the surveillance images, it is important to notice the distinct features of the clothing and shoes.

Surveillance Images:

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Suspect Two

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If anyone has a feeling that they possibly recognize 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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Mt. Juliet Police is adding a round twist to Coffee With a Cop this Friday: Coffee & Donuts With a Cop.

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Coffee & Donuts With a Cop is Friday, December 19, 2014 morning at Gourmet Donuts (3993 N Mt Juliet Rd), and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. Department leadership and officers will be on-scene with donut in-hand and ready to enjoy simple conversation anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Coffee & Donuts with a Cop is an opportunity for the public to meet with officers in a relaxed environment and talk about anything  — from crime issues to neighborhood programs, public safety management to how to join the force. The public brings the questions, chat with an officer, and they get a free cup of coffee and donuts.

“The simplicity is appealing: We show up, community members show up, and then we talk over coffee. It is a great way to build relationships with people in the community and hear about the concerns residents may have,” said Chief James Hambrick.

The Coffee With A Cop program is a non-traditional way to generate conversation between the police department and community it serves. This event allows the public to interact with police officers, including the Chief of Police, in an informal setting to ask questions or address concerns with local law enforcement. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Coffee With A Cop event to say hello and enjoy free coffee and donuts provided by Gourmet Donuts.

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Mt. Juliet Police Offer Simple Tips to Keep Grinches from Taking Delivered Packages

Protect Your Packages

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Shopping online is a popular alternative, compared to dealing with crowds and trying to find a parking spot at a local store. However, it comes with its own problems. An unattended package shipped to your front doorstep is an easy target for a thief to take advantage of. To accomplish the theft, all the thief has to do is take it when no one is watching.

Residents can follow a few simple tips to avoid becoming a theft victim:

  • Require the packages to be signed for.
  • Most deliveries occur during the day when people are away at work. Have the package delivered to your work, if allowed.
  • If you know a friend or neighbor, who stays at home during the day, have the package shipped to them.
  • Most carriers provide a tracking number for the package. Track the package so you know exactly when it will be delivered to your home.

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Mt. Juliet Police Investigating Armed Robbery at SaveALot

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Two armed suspects enter SaveALot this evening, ordering store clerks to hand over the cash. Just before 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014, officers rushed to SaveALot (15261 Lebanon Road) after Mt. Juliet’s Emergency Communications Center received a call on the non-emergency line of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Two armed suspects, who were completely covered with masks and gloves, entered the store and immediately confronted a clerk near the front doors. The suspects then demanded all the cash from the store, which the clerk complied. The suspects ran out of the store, possibly to a nearby vehicle, but their whereabouts after that is unknown.

No one was injured during this incident, and the suspects left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize the suspects and their clothing from the surveillance images. When looking at the surveillance images, it is important to notice the distinct features of the clothing, undershirts, shorts under the pants, masks, and firearms.

Mt. Juliet Police Investigators Search for Clues near SaveALot

Mt. Juliet Police Investigators Search for Clues near SaveALot

If anyone has a feeling that they possibly recognize 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/ .

Surveillance Photos:

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Media Advisory: Mt. Juliet Police Christmas With a Cop to be Largest Ever, Over 50 Children to Participate in Christmas-giving Program

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Christmas With a Cop program is the largest it has ever been, doubling in size from last year. This Friday, Officers from the department are hoping to give a better Christmas to over 50 less-fortunate children by taking them shopping for gifts.

An increasing number of families in our community are in great need throughout the year, but with the Christmas season approaching, that need is more difficult to face. The Mt. Juliet Police Christmas With A Cop program focuses on assisting families in need for the holidays by inviting children and families in the community to shop with a Mt. Juliet Police Officer for gifts for themselves and loved ones. For one night, children and families are given undivided positive attention, making them feel special in a way many of them have not previously experienced. The program is funded through donations from fundraising events, local businesses,  and community members, as well as funds from the Mt. Juliet Police Department. This year, Walmart will host Christmas With A Cop on December 12, 2014, resulting in more than 50 children receiving much needed relief from the financial worry the Christmas season may bring. Following the shopping event, the children and their families are invited to dinner at Jonathan’s Grille in Mt. Juliet.

The media is welcome to cover this event. Media outlets, who cannot cover this event, will also have access to video and photos that will be uploaded to a website. Those wanting access to the video and photos should contact Lt. Chandler for the secure link.

  • Who: Mt. Juliet Police Officers & Children From Our Community
  • What: Christmas With a Cop Christmas Giving Program
  • When: Friday, December 12 – 5:00 p.m. Shopping Begins / Dinner following shopping event
  • Where: Shopping- Walmart (300 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122)

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Contact: Lt. Tyler Chandler

Phone: (615) 754-3904

E-Mail: tchandler@cityofmtjuliet.org

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Lt. Chandler at (615) 754-3904 or email at tchandler@cityofmtjuliet.org

Mt. Juliet Police Offering Cash Reward for Information in Walgreens Armed Robbery, Surveillance Video Released

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators continue to be on the lookout for an armed robbery suspect who struck Walgreens on Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet, and a $500.00 cash reward is now being offered for information that could lead to the identity and arrest of the suspect.

A lone, unidentified black male entered Walgreens around 9:08 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014, demanding cash from store staff and one patron with a handgun. 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, but the suspect had already ran away from the scene.Photo Nov 21, 10 06 30 PM

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, 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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Forgotten Purse Stolen inside Theater, Victim’s Credit Card Used in Hermitage

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After a female victim forgot her purse in Providence 14 Theater, it was obvious that someone stole it and used her credit card after she noticed fraudulent charges. On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the victim came to Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters to report that her purse was stolen the previous day.

That evening, the thieves used a credit card to purchase over $500.00 from Walmart’s online store. The thieves also went to the Burke’s Outlet in Hermitage and made a purchase over $500.00 in merchandise.

Luckily, surveillance video captured two suspects on camera, and the images clearly show them using the card. Investigators are hoping someone from the community will recognize them.

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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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Traffic Restrictions Announced for 12/6/14 Christmas Parade, Half Marathon & 5K Events

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade and Holiday Half Marathon & 5K will have traffic on N. Mt. Juliet Road tied up for most of the midday on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Starting at 10:45 a.m., Mt. Juliet Road will be closed completely to traffic from Charlie Daniels Parkway to W. Wilson Middle School in preparation for the day’s events. Mt. Juliet’s residents and visitors should plan ahead and be aware to avoid being stuck in traffic.

The Mt. Juliet Holiday Half Marathon begins near 10:45 a.m., just after the road closure, followed by the 5K at 10:55 a.m. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. It is imperative that spectators for the parade and races are parked and off Mt. Juliet Road by 10:45 a.m. In the interest of public safety, parking is prohibited on any sidewalk or grassy area adjacent to the sidewalk during the day.

The following are the traffic restrictions for 12/6/14:

  • Mt. Juliet Road will be closed from Charlie Daniels Pkwy to Clearview Dr from 10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Right northbound lane of N. Mt. Juliet Road will be closed from E. Division St to Clearview Dr from 10:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Westbound W. Division St will be closed from N. Mt. Juliet Rd to Tate Ln from 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Tate Ln will be closed to through traffic from 10:45 a.m. – Noon
  • Right eastbound lane of Lebanon Rd will be closed from Tate Ln – Benders Ferry Rd from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Southbound lane of Golden Bear Gateway will be closed from Lebanon Road to Clemmons Rd from 11:20 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
  • Southbound lane of Clemmons Rd will be closed from Curd Rd to E. Division St from 11:40 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Westbound lane of E. Division St will be closed from Clemmons Rd to N. Mt. Juliet Rd from 11:40 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The goal of the Mt. Juliet Police Department is to ensure the safety of motorists, spectators, pedestrians, and participants. If you are attending the parade or races, the police department suggests that you arrive prior to the 10:45 a.m. street closures. This will allow plenty of time to find parking. If you are not attending the parade, you may want to avoid the Mt. Juliet Road corridor to minimize your frustration with the road closure and large volume of traffic.

Parade Information: Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade

Half Marathon & 5K Information: Mt. Juliet Holiday Half Marathon & 5K

Remember, following the parade there will be a large amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic along Mt. Juliet Road in the center of town. Take your time, and please be considerate. Normally, the traffic following the parade will clear out in approximately 30 minutes. It is estimated that the parade traffic will be clear around 1:30 p.m.

Follow Mt. Juliet Police on Twitter @MtJulietPolice for live and active information regarding the parade & races as they happen.

Overview of all Traffic Restrictions on Saturday, December 6, 2014

Overview of all Traffic Restrictions on Saturday, December 6, 2014

Overview of the parade start and participant drop-off location at Mt. Juliet Middle School.

Overview of the parade start and participant drop-off location at Mt. Juliet Middle School.

 

Overview of the parade ending and participant pick-up location at Mt. Juliet Middle School.

Overview of the parade ending and participant pick-up location at Mt. Juliet Middle School.

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