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Two charged in car burglaries

Sara McManamy-Johnson • Updated Aug 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Police charged two people Thursday after a string of car burglaries in Lebanon.

Thursday at about 5:40 a.m., a Wilson County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle in Coles Ferry Village after receiving a call of a suspicious vehicle.

Lebanon police also responded, as the location is within the city limits.

Police found several thousand dollars worth of items they believed to be stolen.

“The driver of the vehicle, Lindsey Dunn, 19, of Lebanon, was questioned by police and admitted to stealing items from unlocked vehicles in Peyton Park Apartments, Meadows Apartments, Northwood Park Apartments, Coles Ferry Village and several hotels on South Cumberland,” said Chief Scott Bowen in a statement.

In the vehicle with Dunn was a 17-year-old passenger who Bowen said also admitted to being involved.

Dunn and the juvenile were charged with 3 counts of burglary to an auto.

Police were able to return some of the items to the rightful owner, and the remaining unclaimed property is being held at the police department.

Anyone who has recently had items stolen from a vehicle, but did not file a report should check with Lebanon police to see if those items are among the unclaimed, according to Bowen.

These car burglaries are the latest in a string of car burglaries in Lebanon, though it’s not clear whether they all are related.

Police said burglars also struck multiple vehicles in a Lebanon apartment complex over the weekend.

“We think they probably happened late Friday night, early Saturday morning,” said Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen.

He said items were stolen from five unlocked vehicles parked in the Rollingwood apartment complex.

“Mainly electronics and other stuff that was laying in the vehicles,” said Bowen. “We do have two male subjects that were walking around the area, but we’re not sure yet if they were associated, but that’s something we’re looking into.”

He said a detective has been assigned to investigate.

“We’re looking for physical evidence, any witnesses that saw something and if they stole something that we have a serial number on,” said Bowen.

He advised people to not leave valuables, including purses containing IDs and credit cards, in their cars.

“Don’t leave that stuff in plain sight,” said Bowen.

He also said to be sure to lock unattended vehicles.

“It’s a lot more likely of them getting caught if they have to bust a window, because somebody’s going to hear that,” said Bowen.

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