A 73” big screen TV was stolen out of an apartment and a Murfreesboro Police Officer actually witnessed the suspect and two other men, load the TV into the back of a truck. The incident occurred on Indian Park Drive in the area of South Church Street. Soon after the officer called in a suspicious vehicle in the area, he learned that the TV was stolen. The victim arrived home and called 9-1-1.
The burglar made his way into the Hawthorne Park South apartment after finding an unlocked window. During the theft, the suspect damaged the door frame of the apartment because the TV was so large.
While police were on the scene of the break-in, the suspect vehicle drove past the apartment unit. Needless to say, he was stopped. The 73” TV, valued at more than $2,000, was recovered and placed back into the victims’ apartment.
34-Year old Michael Edward Smith, who lives in the same apartment complex, was arrested and charged with theft, aggravated burglary and vandalism. As of Tuesday evening, Smith remained behind bars and has not made bond.
MPD Incident Report #14-13200
MPD Arrest Report #14-13200
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office