RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn.- Thousands of dollars' worth of stolen property has been put back into the hand of their rightful owners after police ended a two county pursuit.
Officials said that burglary suspect 31-year-old Keith Churchill was spotted by law enforcement last week and led them on a chase. Churchill crashed his car during the chase and police were able to arrest him.
When officers searched Churchill's vehicle they found more than $25,000 worth of stolen weapons, jewelry, and antiques.
"Items in his vehicle linked him to one burglary that occurred in our county," said Detective Jim Tramel. "Other items in the vehicle led to the burglary that had just occurred in Wilson County. A search of his residence revealed numerous items which included electronics, jewelry, antiques, guns and knives."
The Sheriff's Departments in both Rutherford and Wilson County were able to spot Churchill's car thanks to evidence from one of the burglary victims. Police were able to identified property stolen in 13 burglaries in the area, taken from 25 to 30 homes.
"We were able to connect him to 13 at this time," Tramel said. "Some were linked to June of this year. We can't predict how long it's been going on."
While some of the property from the burglaries has been picked up, some still remains unclaimed. Burglary victims are asked to call the detective investigating their burglary to determine if the property matched items recovered.
Churchill was charged with felony evading arrest, resisting arrest and two counts of felony theft.