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Brentwood police search for suspects who crashed stolen car

One suspect in custody
Posted at 7:38 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 22:43:38-04

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Brentwood police said they’re searching for three suspects wanted in a string of vehicle burglaries and garage break-ins after they crashed a stolen car on Franklin Road. A fourth suspect has since been arrested.

Police tweeted early Monday morning that the suspects were believed to be on foot in the Meadowlake subdivision area.

Police also asked residents to bring their pets inside while a K-9 officer helps search the area.

Peter Bruce said, “It’s a little concerning, and then of course like this morning my son usually walks our dog first thing, and we got the notice about the K9’s being out, and to bring your animals in.”

Bruce decided to stay home so he could look out for anything suspicious. “There’s a lot of places to hide that are concerning.”

During the search, one suspect identified by police as 24-year-old Depatrick Groves, was arrested on Williamsburg Road after trying to hitch a ride with a box truck driver. “It does makes you a little nervous."

As several residents woke up, they realized unlocked vehicles had been rummaged through. Police spent hours looking in sheds, tree houses, and vacant homes. One woman, who wants to be anonymous, said a suspect entered her garage through an unlocked door while she was home with her kids.

“Whenever you have children and this happens, it puts a lot of things into perspective, so yea it’s definitely stressful, my stomach’s very upset, my heart was racing for sure.”

During the day, many residents chose to shelter in place in their homes. Police wanted to remind them to lock their doors and vehicles.

“Just being here, and being by myself, I definitely know how to protect myself... but not against 3 or 4 men.”

The Brentwood Police Department is asking for any home surveillance video from neighbors. It’s believed the group is also connected to thefts and burglaries in the Nashville area.

It’s unclear if the 3 suspects on the run are still armed since several guns were ditched at the scene. If you see them, call 911.