NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are done dealing with a South Nashville inn after responding to hundreds of calls over the past three years.
The Thrifty Inn at 343 Harding Place was raided and padlocked Friday after a criminal court judge declared it a public nuisance in a temporary injunction order.
The order directed the entire property be vacated and the owner, Kiranbhai Patel, appear in court next Wednesday.
Metro police said a continuing investigation that began last December found the Thrifty Inn has been the scene of a number of crimes.
From Jan. 1, 2014 through this month, South Precinct officers have responded to 586 calls for service on a variety of crime reports, including illegal drug sales, domestic disturbances, thefts, and shots fired.
News 2 has also reported on at least three shootings resulting in injuries in barely over a year’s time.
“The Thrifty Inn has proven to be a drain on resources,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “The men and women of the South Precinct work to protect a 70 square mile area. It is not fair to other neighborhoods and businesses when we have to keep sending officers to the same place for the same issues, over and over, for years.”
The judge’s order also directs that the Metro Health Department, Fire Marshal’s Office and Codes Department inspect the motel.
Metro Health received at least three complaints about bed bugs at The Thrifty Inn during 2016. Two of the three complaints resulted in the confirmed presence of bed bugs.
As the inn was being closed Friday, police say several agencies were on standby to provide guests with needed emergency assistance, including transportation to another motel.
The police department has been authorized to refund verifiable registration fees paid in advance by confirmed motel guests.
Personal property found in rooms where guests are not present will be placed in the office area where it can be claimed later.