Sheriff's detectives eye burglary suspect for more crimes

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

Deputies with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department investigated a home burglary around noon Monday on Canoe Branch Road in Lebanon.

According to Sheriff Robert Bryan, the victim reported that he came home and found the glass to his back door had been broken and he said that as he was entering his home a white male was coming out.

Bryan said the victim said the intruder had a small-caliber handgun that he had stolen from his home.

The suspect then fled the area on foot.

The victim contacted the sheriff’s office immediately after it happened, and deputies responded to the area.

While in the area, Bryan said Deputy Jason Anderson found a car at the dead end of Thomas Road, and deputies later driver identified the driver as Michael Joseph Timbs, 28, of Lebanon. He said Timbs was involved in a car accident that caused him to have a flat tire. 

Bryan said Timbs matched the description of the burglary suspect.

Items stolen from the home included a small-caliber handgun, jewelry and coins, which were later found in the weeds beside the suspect’s wrecked car, Bryan said.

“Lt. Steve Gatlin and Deputy Jason Anderson did a great job getting to the area quickly and locating the suspect and recovering the property and getting it back to the victims,” Bryan said. 

He said deputies also found a laptop that had been reported stolen in the suspect’s car. The laptop theft had been reported to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department.

“Timbs is possibly a suspect in other burglaries and thefts in this county, as well as other counties,” Bryan said. “The patrol officers did an excellent job in responding and securing the area and getting information out to other responding officers and investigators.” 

Bryan said additional charges are expected in Wilson, as well as Sumner counties. He said investigators are continuing to investigate to find whether Timbs may have been involved in other crimes. 

Timbs was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and theft of property Monday. His court date is set for May 13.

If anyone has any further information about Timbs, contact the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 615-444-1412.

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