16-Year-Old Charged In Rutherford County Car Burglaries
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with vehicle burglaries in Rutherford County.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy responded to a call about someone breaking into a car around 5:45 a.m. Monday along Ridgewood and Buzzard Branch Drives in the Buchanan area.
The deputy spotted the teenager walking on Rankin Drive. The teen allegedly dropped a backpack and ran off, but another deputy took him into custody on Epps Mill Road.
The teen told deputies that he and a friend were breaking into cars in the neighborhood, and dropped the backpack because he did not want to be caught with it.
Inside the backpack, deputies found toboggans, a power cord, and $43 in cash. The teen told deputies the money belonged to him.
The 16-year-old from Christiana was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, where he was booked on burglary, theft and resisting stop charges. A hearing was set for Wednesday.
The second suspect has not yet been caught.
Deputies later recovered the stolen property and returned the items to owners. The returned property included coins, text books, stuffed animals, a toothbrush, sunglasses, Polo cologne, two Garmins, bandages, golf glove and a lanyard.
More unclaimed property includes a backpack, chargers, shooting glasses, can of pepper spray, pocket knives, flashlight, necklaces, six mobile phones, cameras, Garmins, Nintendo, deodorant, cigarettes, lighters, flashlight, nylon belt, eye drops and cigarette papers.
Anyone who was a victim of a car burglary and wants to reclaim their property can call Deputy Nick Coble at (615)898-7770 or Detective Steve Brown at (615)904-3052.