GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — Thanks to a quick-thinking victim, some quick-acting cops and LPR (License Plate Recognition) cameras, a suspected burglar is behind bars tonight.
Around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, Gallatin police officers said a homeless man allegedly stole items from a shed on Anthony Street. Within an hour, this suspected burglar was apprehended as Gallatin Police and Hendersonville Police worked together to track him down.
The victim, Theresa Stewart, told News 2: “In my heart I felt this will never be resolved. It’s useless. It will never be resolved.”
Stewart said she was driving past her parents’ storage shed behind a burned house and that’s when she saw a man, now identified as 51-year-old Dean Timmons, loading his van with her parents’ belongings.
“There was a guy in our shed who was stealing,” Stewart said.
She claimed she tried to lock the man up and he got nervous. He begged her not to call the police and she said he tried to return some of the stolen items to her.
According to Stewart, when she called the police, they told her Timmons was homeless. Timmons then drove across Stewart’s turf and headed south.
Stewart gave police the Timmons license plate number, which was broadcast to all police departments.
The items may not seem like much, but for Stewart’s elderly parents who are not in good health, the items are important.
“This stuff is partly old, but it’s my dad’s stuff that he worked hard for,” Stewart said.
While Gallatin Police were taking the Gallatin burglary report, Stewart said they were notified that Timmons had been arrested in Hendersonville.
News 2 was there when officers from both agencies searched Timmon’s van, which was loaded with Stewart’s family’s belongings.
Hendersonville Police Department LPR cameras tagged the van, according to investigators, thanks to Stewart getting the license plate on the van and Gallatin Police immediately releasing that information, allowing officers to take the stunned Timmons into custody.
Detectives in Gallatin questioned Timmons, who confessed to the crime, claiming he was homeless and on his luck.
“I was shocked that it all happened within an hour,” Stewart said.
Investigator Chuck Cook said the cooperation between authorities and citizens brought this case to a quick conclusion.
“Working with citizens is extremely important to us in order to do our job efficiently and effectively,” said Cook.
Timmon’s record shows a bad driving history but no burglaries prior to Wednesday’s crime.
Timmons is being held on $6,000 bail, according to the Sumner County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 15.
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