Tip leads to arrest of 2 burglary suspects in Madison

Christopher Clabough (L) and Justin Vankirk (R)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A tip about a suspicious vehicle in Madison led to the arrest of two men Monday afternoon accused of breaking into a home and stealing items.

According to affidavits, the caller provided a description of the vehicle and tag number after seeing it pull into different driveways along Freeman Lane.

Rick Williams, a board member with Madison Now, says the incident proves why neighborhood watches are so important.

“It was a textbook case of what we would call a neighborhood watch working,” said Williams.

Officers located the car at the Mapco on Neely’s Bend Road and stopped Christopher Clabough and Justin Vankirk because the tags were expired, the report stated.

Freeman Lane
Freeman Lane

Clabough, the driver, was reportedly confused and couldn’t tell officers his address or what he was doing in the area.

Vankirk, 31, was holding a red duffel bag in the passenger seat and told an officer that he was in the process of moving and his personal items were inside it.

An affidavit stated that as Clabough, 23, stepped out of the car to speak with an officer, a gold diamond ring fell from his lap to the ground.

Both men gave consent for the car to be searched where officers found 17 different prescription drugs with a woman’s name on them.

Police were able to contact the victim, and when she went home, she realized her home had been broken into while she was at work.

The victim was missing her medicine, two televisions, a laptop, jewelry and silverware, all of which was reportedly found inside the suspects’ the vehicle.

Rubber gloves, a screwdriver and flashlights were also reportedly found in the car.

The woman claimed to know Clabough through a friend and told police he had been at her house Sunday.

Both men were charged with theft, aggravated burglary, possession of burglary tools and 18 drug charges.

Their bonds were set at $123,000.

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