Car thieves get away with mementos of victim’s deceased son

Car break in at Rails to Trails Walking and Biking Trail
Photo: WKRN

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Thieves in Cheatham County got away with much more than a victim’s purse when they broke into a car.

It happened Thursday morning at the Rails to Trails Walking and Biking Trail located just outside of Ashland City.

Authorities said in addition to the victim’s purse, which contained some cash and credit cards, a handwritten calendar documenting every day leading up to her oldest son’s death was stolen.

Photo: WKRN
The thieves got away with the victim’s purse which included some cash, credit cards and a special handwritten calendar that documented the days leading up to her son’s death. (Photo: WKRN)

The woman, who did not want to be identified, told News 2 she and her late son went to the walking trail several times a week prior to a car accident last summer.

“It’s just scary someone would break into your window and first of all get all of your i.d.’s, but more than anything, I’d like to get my calendar back,” she said.

The victim said her car was locked at the time of the burglary but her purse was left in plain sight.

“I never would’ve thought that would happen there,” she said.

News 2 spoke with visitors at the walking and biking trail on Monday.

Steve Metzger, who drove from Kentucky to ride the trails, said another park visitor told him about the recent car break-in.

“I usually leave my wallet in the truck but I took it with me,” he said. “We weren’t expecting to hear anything like that. I took my GPS out of the window and my wife took her credit cards with us.”

Cheatham County detectives said the men in last week’s break-in could be responsible for others in the area. Authorities said surveillance video showed the men in the recent break-in using the victim’s credit cards at several Madison stores.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department at 615-792-2098.

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