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Over 100 charges expected in Clarksville vehicle burglary cases

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 13:23:56-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An update has been sent out by Clarksville police on the increase of vehicle burglaries and thefts the city has experienced since May. Officials sent the press release to keep everyone up to date on their investigations.

According to police, at least five separate crews have been identified as being responsible for the majority of the crimes. A couple of loners have also been identified as being responsible.

The crews are suspected to be made up of three to five people ranging anywhere from 13 to 21 years old. Clarksville police believe most of them are under the age of 18. Crews that have hit different subdivisions such as Heritage Point and Hazelwood have been identified.

The investigations are still ongoing, so specific information can't be released; however, with the charges that have been filed and those that are expected to be filed for both juveniles and adults involved, police expect the total number of charges to be over 100. They will attempted burglary, curfew, burglary, robbery, weapons and residential burglary charges. Most of them are felonies.

"We've asked the public to do their part to help us, but we also wanted to make the public aware we are doing our part to curb the rash of crimes," Jim Knoll, public information officer of CPD, said.

The increase of vehicle burglaries in Clarksville over the past few months include one case where a neighborhood resident tackled a burglary suspect, and another where two relatives with lengthy criminal histories were arrested for stealing over $1,500 in tools from a truck.