Metro police asking local workers to look for suspicious activity

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — After two maintenance workers calling police Wednesday led to the arrest of two burglary suspects, Metro police want more maintenance workers and landscapers to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

Two teens were arrested in south Nashville after police told News 2 they kicked in the front door of a home in the 1900 block of Laurinda Drive and stole electronics, TVs and jewelry.

Maintenance workers in the area took note of the suspicious activity and called police.

Charles Phillips Jr., 19, and a 16-year-old were arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and vandalism.

Phillips is additionally charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police have been working with other landscaping and maintenance companies to keep an eye out because they are often in neighborhoods while people are away at work.

“They have been in the area a lot,” South Precinct Commander Paul Trickey said. “They know who belongs and who doesn’t very much like homeowners do.”

Trickey said police also ask that utility work crews keep an eye out.

“The primetime for residential burglars is daytime hours because a burglar wants to go to a house when nobody is home,” he said.

Josh Overstreet works for C.S. Landscaping at properties around Nashville.

He, along with his fellow workers, takes note of people in their area who aren’t familiar.

“We keep our eye out, we know what cars come in, what cars shouldn’t be here, and we watch people as they enter and leave,” he said. “We actually had a blower that was stolen. They pulled up on the job and stole it.”

Metro police told News 2 that catching one home burglar can solve multiple crimes in an area.

“Generally speaking when we catch a residential burglar they are a committing more than one act,” Commander Trickey said. “The last person we had in South Precinct ended up doing five other ones we know of and others we continue to investigate.”

Anyone who sees anything suspicious in their neighborhood is urged to call police.

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