String of break-ins leaves East Nashville residents on edge

(Courtesy: Bobby Luttrell)
(Courtesy: Bobby Luttrell)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A string of break-ins has left East Nashville on edge after surveillance cameras caught two suspects in the act in the middle of the day.

“We’ve live here about nine years, and nobody’s even ever come in our yard,” said resident Shannon Russelburg.

Russelburg was one of the lucky ones this weekend. As strangers snooped through her neighborhood near 15th and Shelby, she was none the wiser.

“It’s scary, it’s still scary,” she noted. “Come home at night by yourself and not know if they’re in your backyard.”

The suspects weren’t in her backyard, but they were spotted across the street on surveillance while the homeowner were away.

Story after story soon made the rounds online.

“They were going through backyards, peeking through windows, breaking into houses,” said Loree Beth.

With the two suspects still on the run, the neighborhood finds itself in a place it’s been before.

“It’s something that you kind of get used to,” said Beth. “You just have to remain aware of your surroundings, and take the proper precautions so you don’t get broken into.”

Proper precautions range from surveillance cameras, security systems, even home décor shake up.

“You don’t put your expensive s*** in windows, and you lock your cars,” said Britneigh Nannie, during her walk. “I’ve lived here since I was a kid. We’re not stupid.”

“I recommend dogs. It’s great for security,” added Russelburg.

While dogs are top-notch crime fighters, the best security is a nosy neighbor. During this crime spree, many turned to Facebook to get the word out.

Anyone with information on the suspects should call Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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