Theft at Sterling Marlin’s home solved by son-in-law

Theft at Sterling Marlin's home solved by son-in-law (Image 1)

A recent theft at two-time Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR legend Sterling Marlin's home was solved with the help of his son-in-law.

Local race car driver Michael House told Nashville's News 2 Investigates he was spending time at his father-in-law's home on Tuesday when he and the NASCAR driver confronted Marlin's former handyman, Joshua Gillespie.

According to House, when Gillespie was approached he was holding one of Marlin's weed eaters.

“I see the pressure washer is gone. He has two weed eaters and I confront him,” House said.  

He continued, “The bottom line is he wants to get violent. After he drops the weed eaters, he took a swing at me and he peeled out of there with his girlfriend.”

House said he immediately called Maury County deputies who made Gillespie their prime suspect in a series of thefts, including an earlier burglary at Marlin's estate located just outside of Columbia, about 45 miles south of Nashville.

Nashville's News 2 Investigates was present when deputies executed a search warrant at Gillespie's home in the Mingo Branch Community on Wednesday.

Inside the handyman's shed, Deputy Terry Dial discovers a commercial sprayer and backpack blower that is reportedly property of Sterling Marlin.

Deputies also found a handgun inside Gillespie's home.

“He is charged in Maury County with four counts of burglary and theft and Williamson County is charging him in connection with the theft of a zero turn mower [they are] still looking for,” Dial said.

Authorities said Gillespie, who is a convicted felon, will also face charges for the handgun.

House told Nashville's News 2 Investigates his father-in-law was happy to get his stolen property back.

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