Clarksville teen helps police catch suspected car burglar

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 23:40:35-04

CLARKVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A teenager catches a suspected criminal believed to be responsible for breaking into multiple cars in a Clarksville neighborhood.

People who live in the Glenellen subdivision, said their neighborhood has been the site of several car burglaries this week. Clarksville police estimated there were almost a dozen burglaries overnight on July 10.

Many of those burglaries were reported on Core Drive, where two men were spotted trying to enter locked cars.

Neighbors have responded by alerting police to any suspicious behavior and posting and sharing information on neighborhood and other crime watch Facebook pages like Clarksville-Montgomery County CrimeWatch.

A 17-year-old resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he spotted an unfamiliar man running through his backyard around 11 p.m. Thursday. He chased him down and tackled him.

“I’m a wrestler,” the teen said. “I tripped his feet and fell on top of him. He was so out of breath. I think he knew it was the end of the road.”

His family called police, and officers responded quickly. Clarksville police said vigilant neighbors played a big role in cracking the case.

“They said, maybe I should think about joining the [police] force,” joked the teen. “I said, maybe.”

Police arrested Shomari Moody, 18, who was out on bond after being arrested last week for vehicle burglary, theft, simple possession and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon. A 17 year old juvenile was also cited with criminal attempt burglary and released to an adult. Moody was booked in the Montgomery County Jail and charged with criminal attempt burglary, motor vehicle theft and evading arrest.

Neighbors said they were relieved to hear arrests had been made, but they planned to make safety a priority and always lock their homes and cars.