Detectives from the Murfreesboro Police Department have been investigating a massive number of retail burglaries in which over $35,000 in merchandise has been stolen from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Northern Tool and Harbor Freight, all fronting Old Fort Parkway.
Detectives said that between July 1, 2020 and mid-September chain saws, weed eaters, drills, tools, home security systems and more were stolen from the Murfreesboro businesses.
Four persons have been arrested and there are warrants out for three more individuals.
Two of the four arrested are from Woodbury. 34-year-old Robert Cornelison was charged with four counts of theft. His bond was set at $14,000. 39-year-old Sandra Cornelison’s bond was $10,000. She faces four counts of theft along with violation of probation. They both posted bond and have been released.
The two from Murfreesboro are 38-year-old Michael Todd and 33-year-old Shawna Nickens. They are charged with two counts of theft, and were both released from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on their own recognizance.
All are accused of stealing merchandise and immediately selling it to Mid-Tenn Pawn Shop, 350 NW Broad Street. Police say that the pawn shop’s management is cooperating with the investigation.
Detectives were able to identify the thieves from pawn shop records. Pawn shops are required report their transactions to authorities. The items have been confiscated and most have been returned to the businesses… WGNS News