MT. JULIET – Police charged two theft suspects who were believed to be involved in a burglary at a home under construction Wednesday afternoon and left a trail of destruction after crashing into a nearby home in a truck.
According to Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler, Christopher Guess, 22, of Portland, turned himself in at the police station Wednesday at about 7 p.m. Guess was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.
Chandler said police identified a second suspect, Jason Goode, 39, of Mt. Juliet, and warrants were issued for his arrest. Goode was arrested Thursday morning at about 10 a.m. and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, felony vandalism, theft and driving on a revoked driver’s license.
“I’m thankful for our strong working relationship with local media partners. Their service to our community is invaluable. They were able to relay the information on our suspects quickly, which motivated one of them to turn himself in to authorities,” said Chief James Hambrick. “In addition, I’m proud of our investigators who quickly pursued leads in this case to ensure it was resolved quickly.”
The incident happened in the 1000 block of Carriage Trail at about 12:30 p.m. One person was in the home at the time, but no injuries were reported.
Police said two white men were stealing items from a home under construction but became spooked by a nearby homeowner. The suspects fled in reverse and lost control.
Two mailboxes and a fire hydrant were destroyed, and a home was badly damaged in their attempt to leave in an early 2000s-model GMC or Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, light in color with either four doors or an extended cab. Police said the truck likely suffered significant damage to its rear.
The suspects are described as two white men, between 30-40 years old. One suspect was described as around 5-feet, 10-inches to 6-feet tall, and he was last seen wearing a light-colored T-shirt and blue jeans. The other suspect was described as short and stocky, but a clothing description was not available.
Since the home was badly damaged, Mt. Juliet firefighters and building inspectors responded to the scene to check the home’s structural integrity. The home was declared unsafe.
Firefighters remained on the scene to begin repairs on the home. Mt. Juliet volunteer firefighters brought lumber and supplies so work could be completed to make the home safe for the homeowner.