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☷ Murfreesboro Tennessee - Police urging residents not  to confront criminals after car burglars homeowner exchange gunfire

☷ Murfreesboro Tennessee - Police urging residents not to confront criminals after car burglars homeowner exchange gunfire

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   MURFREESBORO , Tenn .
     ( April 20 , 2022 ) - Murfreesboro Police Department is urging residents not to confront car burglars after a homeowner exchanged gunfire with two people attempting to break into a neighbor’s vehicle on Sunday , April 17 .  
   The incident occurred at a home in the 4900 block of Neyland Way around 4:10 a . m .  
    
   The preliminary investigation shows a homeowner received an activation on his security camera showing two males attempting to break into his cars .  By the time the homeowner made it to the front door he discovered the males attempting to burglarize a neighbor’s vehicle . After yelling at the car burglars , they fired shots at the homeowner who then fired back at them .   No one was injured .  The man’s home was struck by bullets .  The getaway vehicle believed to be a small compact SUV , possibly a Ford Edge , may have been struck by bullets on the passenger side .  
    
   “We urge residents to use caution and never approach or engage with criminals , ” said Criminal Investigations Division Crimes Against Persons Sergeant - Detective James Abbott . “You don’t want to take a chance of being shot or killed . ”
    
   In a separate incident on April 8 , another homeowner noticed his car had been rummaged through after returning home around 3 a . m .  He confronted a male running across the street from his home on Green Acres Lane .  The unknown male shot twice at the homeowner , damaging his home .  The homeowner was not injured .
    
   “Property can be replaced , lives can’t , ” Abbott said .  “The best advice for residents is , if you see or hear anything suspicious , or see someone breaking into your car , call police immediately . ”
    
   Since March 1 , there have been
   more than 100 car burglaries
    in neighborhoods across Murfreesboro .  
   Sixteen firearms were stolen
    . All the cars were unlocked .  
    
   Several detectives are working the car burglaries and have developed several persons of interest .
   MPD’s Directed Patrol officers are saturating the city where cars are being targeted in hopes of catching the car burglars in the act .
   “Unfortunately , we can’t be on every street at the same time , ” said Crimes Against Property Sergeant Detective Tommy Massey .  “It’s only a matter of time before we arrest these criminals and hold them accountable . ”
   There have also been
   several vehicles stolen
    in the city .  According to detectives , the doors to all the stolen vehicles were
   unlocked with the key fob left inside
    .  
   Detectives arrested 18 - year - old Keonza Scales and 19 - year - old Antonio Gooch charging them with motor vehicle theft in two of the cases . Both bonded out of jail .  
   “The best deterrent is to lock your car doors , remove valuables and firearms , ” Massey said . “The burglars are by - passing locked cars and moving on to ones that are unlocked . ”
   M
   urfreesboro Police have an ongoing campaign called the
   ‘9PM Routine’
    whereby they encourage people to lock the doors on their vehicles and homes by 9 p . m . every night .
   Anyone with information about these car burglars is asked to call Murfreesboro police at 615 - 893 - 2717 .  You can also give tips anonymously through the P3 Intel Mobile App or by calling Crime Stoppers at 615 - 893 - STOP ( 7867 ) .
    
   
   

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