May 7, 2008
16-year-old home burglar arrested on River Rouge Drive
May 6 press release from Metro Police, via email from Charlotte Park Neighborhood Association:A 16-year-old burglar is in Juvenile Detention this afternoon after an alert citizen saw a strange car at her neighbor&;s River Rouge Drive home and quickly called police. West Precinct Sergeant Mike Swoner was in the area at 10:30 a.m. addressing traffic issues when he heard the call go out and immediately responded. He found the car with the trunk open backed up to the back door of the home. As Swoner approached the car with gun drawn, the 16-year-old came out of the residence carrying a 32-inch flat screen television. Swoner asked the teenager what he was doing. He replied, &;Stealing.&; Swoner took the teenager into custody after having him gently put the television on the ground. He subsequently learned that the suspect is in state custody and was living in a Portland, Tennessee, foster home. West Precinct detectives believe the 16-year-old is also responsible for a home burglary on Annex Avenue earlier in the day. South Precinct detectives are investigating his likely involvement in as many as six home burglaries earlier in the week. &;This teenage criminal is in custody now because an alert citizen saw a strange car in her neighborhood, called police, and kept and eye on it until Sergeant Swoner arrived,&; Chief Ronal Serpas said. &;The partnership between the citizen and Sergeant Swoner was simply outstanding.&; Thus far, the teen is charged with aggravated burglary, marijuana possession, and felony theft as a result of today&;s arrest. His prior charges include domestic assault, assault, resisting police, evading arrest, and disorderly conduct.
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