Uploaded on Jul 22, 2011
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Metro police have busted a major crime ring that led to the arrest of five people and the discovery of tens of thousands of dollars in stolen items.
Police made the find at a home on Drummond Drive in south Nashville on Thursday afternoon. Some of the items found go back to thefts in 2009.
"This is a significant case in terms of the amount of property recovered at one location," said Jason Beddoe with Metro Police.
The investigation that led to this bust actually started with Franklin police. After some time, Franklin, Brentwood and Metro Nashville officers realized they were all dealing with the same thieves, who were stealing thousands of dollars' worth of lawn equipment and trailers.
On Wednesday night, Metro police caught the thieves in action at the Stor Place business on Tolbert Road in west Nashville. Two people in the truck hooked up two Budget Rental tow dollies valued at $6,000 and stole them off the lot.
Police said two men in a green Honda Accord were serving as lookouts nearby.
Police then followed them to a home in Smyrna.
"When we felt like they had thought they had gotten away from it, we surprised them with undercover officers and took them into custody," said Beddoe.
Police said those men led them to the Drummond Drive home where they found thousands of dollars' worth of equipment. They believe this is where the crooks would take their stolen items to sell and even buy.
Dallas Ray lives near the Drummond Drive home and said when he found out what was going on, he wanted to see if any of his stolen items were here.
"I'm down here looking for my trailer. I got the title and everything right here and a police report," said Ray.
A total of seven stolen trailers were found at the home. One of the trailers was even painted, possibly in hopes of getting more money when they tried to sell it off.
Police said making this bust will hopefully get these stolen items back to their rightful owners.
"We don't leave the thieves any opportunity to get rid of stuff on the black market," Beddoe added.
The five arrested were 26-year-old Freddy Rivera, 22-year-old Jose Rivera, 33-year-old Pina Victor Rosas, 22-year-old Edguardo Manuel Hernandez, and 39-year-old Eliseo M. Rodriguez. All five are charged with felony theft.
Police said the theft ring has been linked to three trailer thefts in Nashville and four in Williamson County.
Police said if you've had any lawn equipment or trailers stolen in the past few years, contact Metro Nashville's South precinct.
It will help greatly if you've already filed a police report and you know the item's serial number.
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