Metro police catch burglary suspect after woman wakes to find him inside her home

Christopher Meece and Tiffany Peden (Courtesy: Metro Nashville police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An east Nashville woman woke up Wednesday morning to find an intruder inside her home.

The aggravated burglary case was wrapped up in less than 30 minutes thanks to a quick 911 call and blanket saturation by Metro police.

Shaylee Walsh, 29 said she woke up to the sound of banging.

Metro police inspect Christopher Meece's vehicle. (Photo: WKRN)
Metro police inspect Christopher Meece’s vehicle. (Photo: WKRN)

That’s when police say a man, now identified as 31-year-old Christopher Meece, went behind her home, broke out a window in the basement and got into the main levels of her house.

“He didn’t see me. I hid under a blanket and called 911,” she told News 2.

Within a few minutes, east patrol officers spotted the suspect’s red vehicle in the parking lot of a Gallatin Road pawn shop.

According to arrest documents, Meece was outside the closed pawn shop banging on the door.

Police quickly took him and his alleged accomplice, 32-year-old Tiffany Peden into custody

Inside Meece’s vehicle, officers found a milk crate full of stolen power tools and an Apple computer owned by Walsh’s roommate, Austin Hoke. Police also found 10 grams of marijuana and rolling papers.

“I’m just very grateful nobody got hurt and the police recovered everything, man they did such a great job,” said Hoke.

According to Metro records, Tiffany Penden, has no previous criminal history, but Metro officers told News 2 the pawn shop had banned the 32-year-old.

Meece has a lengthy arrest record that includes drugs and assault. He was recently arrested for stealing a laptop computer that belonged to his own mother.

He also reportedly admitted to police that he was inside the victim’s house.

Both suspects are charged with aggravated burglary and possession of drugs.