Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Thieves targeted unlocked cars in neighborhoods along Nonaville Road, stealing two cars with keys left inside. Overnight, thieves swarmed Summit Way, Burgunda Lane, and Bar Drive in search of unlocked cars to burglarize.
The unknown burglars took cash, credit cards, and a phone. In two of the burglaries, the suspect(s) found keys to an unlocked car and truck, stealing them. The stolen truck was found crashed and abandoned 50 feet off Devonshire Drive in the woods. A Jeep, stolen out of Hendersonville, was also found submerged in a pond and abandoned near the stolen truck. The Jeep appeared to be fired upon by a handgun, and it appears to have been shot after it became inoperable.
It is believed that the thieves typically travel in groups, using two cars, to travel to neighborhoods to commit the burglaries. The driver typically stays with the getaway car as the thieves swiftly canvas the neighborhood for unlocked cars.
Residents are urged to remove all valuables from their cars and ensure doors are locked. Each of these crimes could have been prevented by simply locking the car. Also, homeowners are asked to check their outdoor surveillance video footage to see if any suspects were caught on camera operating in the area.
“We continue believe the individuals committing these crimes are not from the community. However, they are coming to Mt. Juliet and taking advantage of our sense of safety,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “Our community must remain vigilant, report suspicious activity, and practice good crime prevention: locking car doors, removing valuables, and turning on the exterior lights at home.”
A $500.00 cash reward is being offered to anyone that can provide information that leads to the conviction of the offenders responsible for these crimes.
Anyone with any information regarding the burglaries 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/ .