Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A report of a suspicious vehicle in a neighborhood by a vigilant citizen has led to the identification and arrest of a home burglary suspect, who is responsible for multiple home burglaries in Rutherford County. This morning around 7:48 a.m. officers were summoned to the area of Patton Drive and N. Bass Drive to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle. The vigilant citizen noticed a car that he did not recognize in the neighborhood and felt it was odd, so he called police to check it out. Officers responded to the area and found 20-year-old Brandon Kelley of Nashville in the car.
Further investigation revealed multiple items of stolen property and burglary tools in Kelley’s possession. Items found included a laptop, jewelry, purses, recreational equipment, and tools that were stolen from homes in Rutherford County. Detectives worked with other law enforcement agencies in Rutherford County to make sure all the stolen property would eventually make it back to the owner.
“This is a perfect example of a community working together and why community relationships are so important to a safe Mt. Juliet. A citizen saw something suspicious and said something about it, by calling our dispatch, so we could send officers out to investigate the person,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “Furthermore, our officers had the knowledge to recognize the indicators that allowed our detectives to connect this man to multiple other burglaries. It was great work by all.”
Detectives further stated that Kelley did not have a legitimate purpose to be in the area, and it is likely he was in the area to commit more burglaries. Kelley was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Unlawful Possession of Burglary Tools and Theft of Property. Additional charges are pending in other jurisdictions.