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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MJPD to Increase Patrol Levels & Schedule DUI Checkpoint on Halloween, Trick-or-Treating Times Recommended

Safety will be a top priority for Mt. Juliet Police on Halloween night. Patrol staff levels will be increased as little witches, superheroes, and goblins fill the neighborhoods in search of the sweetest treat. Parents should be prepared, and the safety of their little ones should be their top priority, which can be achieved by following simple safety precautions. Any unsafe mischief or driving behavior should be reported to police dispatch immediately. In addition, motorists should be mindful of where they park on city streets, so they do not block emergency responders.

Trick-or-treating will be observed in Mt. Juliet on Friday, October 31, 2014. The Mt. Juliet Police Department recommends trick-or-treating to start at 5:00 p.m. and to stop by 9:00 p.m.

“From an historical perspective, Halloween is a big deal and many families hit the streets in Mt. Juliet. It has also been a very safe evening in the past,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “I want to ensure our neighborhoods remain safe during the celebrations, and extra officers will be on hand to handle the increased activity in the community.”

Officers patrolling on Halloween will also be equipped with plenty of candy, #MJCommunityStrong bracelets, and sticker badges for kiddos. The community is encouraged to stop and speak with officers on patrol.

Following simple safety precautions will ensure children are safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween than any other night of the year. There are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents, which include:

  • They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take the safer route of crossing at corners.
  • They’re poor at evaluating potential traffic threats.
  • They’re more likely to disregard their peripheral vision and are less attentive of their street surroundings.
  • They have a tendency to believe they’re indestructible and are more likely to take risks.
  • They need to be told that some people driving cars will not slow down for them.
  • They can’t cross streets as rapidly as adults.
  • They may be distracted by other children’s costumes, behaviors, and home decorations.

In addition, to Mt. Juliet Police Department’s proactive patrols in the neighborhoods, they will also be out in force monitoring sex offenders on Halloween. Under Tennessee law, any sex offender on parole or probation may not participate in any Halloween activity involving children. This would include leaving a porch light on, answering the door, or distributing candy. There are currently 8 registered sex offender living in the city limits of Mt. Juliet, and parents may access the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s website at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/ .

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 on Halloween night, Friday, October 31, 2014.

From everyone at Mt. Juliet Police, we wish you a safe Halloween. The department can be contacted at (615) 754-2550 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency) to report any problems, observations, or safety concerns.

A list of Halloween Health and Safety Tips can be viewed here: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

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Juvenile Charged In Connection With Overnight Car Burglary

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Around 10:30 a.m. today, a homeowner noticed that his unsecured car was burglarized overnight in the 200 block of Spring Valley Drive. After noticing his car’s speakers, stereo amp system, and cash was removed from the car, the victim remembered seeing a 17-year-old male neighbor walking through his backyard earlier around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Through further investigation, a diligent Mt. Juliet police officer was able to track down the juvenile suspect’s residence. Much of the stolen items were located after officers spoke with the suspect’s mother, who was unaware of what had occurred. The stolen items were returned back to the victim.

The unnamed 17-year-old male was charged with Theft Over $500 and will be scheduled to appear in the Wilson County Juvenile Court.

Photo Oct 17, 12 26 57 PM

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