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Serial Restaurant Burglars Arrested After Chase

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Posted at 5:15 AM, Feb 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-03 16:25:29-05

Two men were arrested for leading police on a chase across county lines in a stolen truck after trying to burglarize a restaurant in Wilson County.

Officials with the Mt. Juliet Police Department said they were called to check out a burglary in-progress at the Don Pancho Mexican Restaurant off Pleasant Grove Road around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they said the men took off in a truck and fled toward Nashville.

The suspects eventually drove to South Nashville where police said the driver ran a red light at the Nolensville Pike and Thompson Lane intersection, hitting a minivan with two people in it. Both victims were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said neither of the men in the truck were hurt. They were both taken into custody at the scene of the crash. Later on Saturday, police identified the two suspects as 31-year-old Jimmy Galindo and 31-year-old Donnie Meadows, both of Nashville.

Galindo, the driver, was a wanted felon with at least 19 active warrants. Both men were considered suspects in other restaurant burglaries across Middle Tennessee, as well as two recent burglaries in Mt. Juliet.

Galindo was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, unlawful possession of burglary tools, theft of a motor vehicle, felony evading, misdemeanor evading, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, resisting stop/halt/frisk, felony vandalism, and driving on a revoked license 3rd offense. His bond was set at $65,000.

Meadows was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, unlawful possession of burglary tools, felony vandalism, resisting stop/halt/frisk, misdemeanor evading, and unlawful possession of schedule I drug (heroin). He was being held on a $28,000 bond.

A Mt. Juliet police officer was taken to the hospital to be treated for a minor injury sustained during the apprehension.

The investigation remained ongoing.