PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. - Putnam County officials have finally gotten a break in the case of more than a dozen burglaries that have occurred over the past two months.
Police have arrested a man in Putnam County after they discovered a large amount of stolen property. Investigators said over $100,000 worth of items were stolen.
One victim's property was returned to him by Cookeville Police Lieutenant Mike. A Wii console and seven games were among the items stolen a week ago from the man's apartment along with jewelry, electronics and even a few comic books.
"I'm just glad to have it all back and not lose everything you know. Security was lost, but I got some stuff back," said the victim.
His property was just a fraction of what Cookeville Police recovered after arresting 33 year old Andrew Depriest Friday night. Investigators say Depriest was spotted driving a car matching a vehicle reported leaving one of the crime scenes.
Police found cash, jewelry, guns, TVs, and laptop computers. They needed two trucks to haul the items to the property room of the police department.
"We recovered probably between $75 and 100 thousand dollars' worth of stolen property," said Carl Sells with the Cookeville Police Department.
Depriest has been in trouble before. He was on probation and house arrest when police arrested him.
Investigators have tied him to 15 burglaries in Putnam and Van Buren Counties. Depriest is charged with two counts of theft, but investigators say additional charges are pending. Police are searching for others who may be involved in the burglaries.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:04 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:04:23 GMT
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