MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – In rural Unionville in Bedford County near the Rutherford County line, folks have lost their sense of security and safety after a multi-county home burglary ring.
Blue Farrar is calling his home break-in on April 4 the big heist.
“It’s just a bad situation all the way around,” he told News 2.
The back door of his home on Hwy 41 A North was kicked in and a safe with $30,000 in one dollar bills and other items were taken.
“Some Sam Walton guns and a big gold nugget, and a couple of pistols,” Farrar said.
The investigation began back in February and is still on-going.
There were several dozen home burglaries in Bedford, Rutherford, Coffee, and Williamson counties, and in the city of Shelbyville.
The evidence room at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is full of the recovered stolen items, everything from long guns, cell phones, TVs to safes.
“If you put all the counties today, especially Bedford and Coffee counties, it’s safe to say several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of stuff was stolen,” Kennedy added.
Detectives in those counties worked together and developed several suspects. A search warrant was executed at Rodeway Inn & Suites in Smyrna.
“Upon the execution of the search warrant, suspects Steven Reed, Jonathan Victory where found to be inside Room No. 239 along with other four persons of interest to include Logan Sullivan and her 1-year baby girl,” Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Detective Steve Brown said in a news release.
Reed, Victory, Brittany King, John Paul Williams, and Danny Phillips were all arrested.
“Once all persons were apprehended on Wednesday April 13, interviews of the suspects revealed locations of where stolen property was located,” Brown said. “Agencies teamed up and went to several locations/residences in Rutherford County. Property recovered includes several guns (rifles and pistols) tools, electronics, and jewelry.”
“Yes, we’ve got a little peace of mind now they are behind bars like they need to be,” Farrar said.
Authorities told News 2 by the time the investigation is over these suspects could face more charges, and there could also be more arrests.
Detectives are contacting the victims who filed police reports and have started returning the items back to their rightful owners.