GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Goodlettsville storage unit was raided by police after they learned it was full of stolen goods from burglaries all over Middle Tennessee.
Tens of thousands of dollars in power tools and even U.S. Army National Guard laptops were found inside.
Now, Goodlettsville police are trying to reunite victims with their missing possessions.
It all came together Tuesday when Metro police get a disturbance call at a home in Madison off East Campbell.
According to Goodlettsville police Det. Les Carlisle, Metro responded to the home. A suspect, later identified as Marty Marion, then drove and trailer away from the back of the property.
Officers searching a storage building behind the home reportedly found the stolen items. Inside large black boxes were computer monitors that say they are property of the U.S. Government.
Goodlettsville police get a search warrant and loaded up two public works dump trucks and brought all the stolen property to the impound lot.
Now police say the confiscated material could have been stolen from six or seven different jurisdictions including Nashville, Goodlettsville and Brentwood.
The serial numbers on the stolen laptops were connected to a crime out of Goodlettsville.
Det. Carlisle says on Aug. 21st national guardsmen were on their way from Texas to West Virginia and staying at a Hampton Inn. When they woke up, they discovered their trailer had been broken into. The trailer contained monitors and 8 Dell laptops the soldiers use for training.
Carlisle told News 2 the merchandise is worth more than 100 thousand dollars, and officers hope to reunite the stolen merchandise with victims.
More on Marty Marion
News 2 learned Marion rented the storage shed from Michael Hutchison about a month ago.
Hutchison says he had no idea that the man was doing anything illegal.
“He asked if he could rent a room. I said no. So he asked if he could rent the shed for his tools; I said sure,” he explained.
“I only had a lawn mower and some boards back there. I just started a relationship with a woman and didn’t pay much attention to the shed. I never looked into the shed. That is my fault,” Hutchison added.
He told News 2 Marion had a few people come by to buy things he alleged he bought at an estate sale.
When told about the amount of stolen tools, Hutchison says he was shocked.
“I was totally shocked to be honest. I had nothing to do with what he did. I thought he was doing junkings, collecting junk,” he explained.
“This puts a lid on any thing for me. I try to help people. I try and rent a room and that didn’t work out. And now I rent a shed and that didn’t work out. So it all backfired on me. I’m done,” Hutchison noted.
Marion is charged with theft over $60,000, driving on a revoked license, drug paraphernalia and evading arrest.
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