Authorities Look For Leads In Rash Of Burglaries In Wilson County

Posted at 7:24 PM, Aug 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:22:07-04

LEBANON, Tenn. - Crime has always been known to happen anywhere, just ask residents in rural Wilson County. The sheriff's office has been investigating half a dozen home burglaries that may be connected.

Ray Turner and his family have owned a farm in Southeast Wilson County for more than one hundred years.

It's on a quiet little road. Not much happens here.

“You know, I guess it's easy picking if somebody watches and looks to see what kind of activity is going on,” Turner said.

Easy picking for burglars. His home was a target sometime between August 4 and 6. The burglars kicked in the front door.

“They'll probably just knock it back in and put a little paint on it,” Turner said. “Maybe fix, I'm not sure what it will take to lock the door, but fixing that will probably a little bit of a pain.”

The burglars then walked over to a closet.

“This closet, and they rummaged around and knocked stuff around in there,” Turner said. “It looks beautiful anyway to begin with, but…”

The thieves finally found something they liked and took it.

It was a chain saw in a barn. They hit the country road where you're lucky to ever see another car.

The burglary at Turner's property was one of half a dozen called into the sheriff's office in a span of about two weeks, and in each case the method of operation was very similar.

“The similarities would include kicking in the door and taking some valuable jewelry, videos, what not,” said Sharon Curtis Flair, of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Some of the jewelry was engraved with someone's name. In some cases, the thieves stole televisions, video games, and DVDs.

“We don't have any leads at this point on these cases,” Curtis Flair said.

Maybe because it's so quiet out here, but on the other hand if you saw something you'd probably remember it.

That's what police have been hoping.

If the thieves were captured, Ray Turner would probably rest a little easier because it makes him little uneasy.

“And it gives you sort of a little unrest that people are going to take what you've got, but that's the way it goes some times,” Turner said.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers in Wilson County at 615-444-5245.