Car Thief Suspects Caught By Officer 'Luck'

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Sometimes suspects in a crime are located by law enforcement through dilgent police work.

Other times, they just get lucky.

The latter was the case Monday morning, when two juveniles suspected of having stolen a car from a residence in Woodbury were apprehended.

Woodbury Police Patrolman Chris Brown, who was off duty at the time, was traveling on John Bragg Hwy, toward Murfreesboro, shortly after 9 a.m., when he observed a vehicle matching the description of the one reported as stolen, a 2006 Hyundia Elantra.

Four people were in the car, which turned off the highway and then proceeded to Old Woodbury Pike, after the driver suspected they had been spotted.

Officer Brown contacted Cannon County Dispatch, who in turn notified the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department. Officer Brown followed the vehicle on Old Woodbury Pike until Rutherford County authorities stopped it in the vicinity of Bud's Tire Pros.

There were a total of four juveniles in the vehicle, two from Cannon County and two from Rutherford. Two of the four have been charged so far in connection with the car theft, Woodbury Police Chief Kevin Mooneyham said this afternoon.

The car, valued at $10,000, was reported as stolen on June 16 from an address on Greenbrier St. in Woodbury. Patrolman Patrick Fann reported the owner left an extra set of keys in the console and had not locked it. She noticed it was missing when she was going to take her husband out to eat at around 2:30 p.m.

Officer Fann observed that after the car was stolen it was driven into a yard across the street from the victim's residence and then went out of that driveway.
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