Suspicious Person Investigation Leads to Apprehension of Gas Station Burglar

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After spotting a suspicious person walking along Lebanon Road near Devonshire Drive, a man was arrested in the Shell gas station burglary that occurred on Saturday, August 18. An astute officer patrolling the area noticed a suspicious person around 10:15 a.m. this morning, who attempted to hide a backpack as the officer drove by.

After speaking with the person, 19-year-old Luciano Ruotolo of Mt. Juliet, it was determined that he was responsible for the Shell gas station burglary, where nearly $1,000 of Juul vape pods and pens were stolen after the front glass was busted. Further investigation by detectives also revealed that Ruotolo was in possession of nearly half of the items stolen from the gas station.

“Mt. Juliet’s finest work hard to keep our community safe, and they are always on the lookout for suspicious activity,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “We continue to be relentless in our desire to make sure Mt. Juliet is one of the safest communities in Tennessee.”

Luciano Ruotolo, 19, of Mt. Juliet

Ruotolo was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Burglary, Theft of Property, Unlawful Possession of Burglary Tools, and Vandalism.