MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Detectives in Mt. Juliet have linked two armed robberies after a woman’s purse was stolen and a pizza delivery driver robbed.
Authorities continue to investigate both crimes and are offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s).
The first incident happened Sunday, March 10 when a woman’s purse was stolen by an armed teenager in the parking lot of the Publix on S. Mt. Juliet Road.
The suspect left the area in a maroon Chrysler Town and Country minivan.
A pizza delivery driver was then robbed Monday by an armed teenager while making a delivery on Leesa Ann Lane. Citizens also reported they heard gunshots in the area. It is unknown if the gunshots and the robbery are connected.
After the robbery, the suspect got into an early-to-mid 2000s model black Volvo SUV.
Nearby W.A. Wright Elementary School located at 5017 Market Place has been placed on a lockdown as a precaution.
Detectives do believe both incidents are connected to area robberies being committed by armed teenagers approaching individuals in public.
In both incidents, the suspects were described as thin, black male teenagers, wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hood pulled up.
Anyone with any information regarding these crimes are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 615-754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling 615-754-8477 or via the website at MJPD.org.