LAVERGNE, Tenn. - Sex crimes detectives in La Vergne called it Operation TNT: Treats. No tricks. And they spent Halloween day tracking down convicted sex offenders to make sure they knew what they can and can't do on the holiday.
"This is the perfect holiday to reconnect and let them know we are keeping tabs on them," said detective Bob Hayes.
Hayes and a team of special officers went into neighborhoods with a file of photos and a list of sex crimes convicts. At one home the offender was at work, but his wife confirmed they planned to keep a low profile.
"We aren't doing anything for Halloween. Lights out ... no candy ... nothing," said the wife.
At another home, the grandfather of offender James Gregory told officers he no longer lived there.
"Do you mind if we come inside and made sure he's not there," asked Hayes who was allowed inside the home. Hayes said families often lie to hide loved ones, but Gregory was gone.
Detectives did later track Gregory and arrested him. He's headed back to jail for failure to comply with state sex offender registry laws.
Convicted sex offenders who are on probation or parole are prohibited for decorating their homes for Halloween, handing out candy or dressing up in costumes.
In all Lavergne detectives successfully located more than thirty convicted sex offenders and all but two complied with the state laws. Those two were arrested.