Man charged with Columbia vehicle burglaries says he’s innocent

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man charged with multiple vehicle burglaries in Columbia says he didn’t do it.

Michael Patrick Pusateri was taken into custody Wednesday night after police received a tip. He’s charged with two counts of auto burglary.

Police told News 2 the 27-year-old man is also a person of interest in other unsolved cases in the city.

Michael Patrick Pusateri
Michael Patrick Pusateri says he is innocent and isn’t involved in the car burglaries.

Detectives said they recently were invited into a trailer where Pusateri reportedly rents a room. Inside the room police said they located items that were taken in the recent car burglaries.

While that may be the case, Pusateri admits to knowing the people who live in the trailer, but said he does not live there and he didn’t steal anything.

“I didn’t do it,” he told News 2. “It’s a bogus case. They went to the wrong address, that wasn’t my address. I don’t live there. I’m not on the lease. Nothing like that.”

Pusateri, who spoke with News 2 from jail, says he lives in Thompson Station in Williamson County.

While maintaining his innocence, he apologized to his family and urges everyone to lock their car doors and take their valuables with them.

Williamson County also has a hold on Pusateri for a probation violation for charges that include theft.

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