Cops nab seven in school, church break-ins

Bowen said further investigation led to the arrest of four other individuals. All seven are believed to have been involved in recent burglaries at Walter J. Baird Middle School, Lebanon High School, Cedars Preparatory Academy, Byars-Dowdy Elementary School and Friendship Christian School.  

In addition, the group is also suspected in burglaries of two churches, College Hills Church of Christ on Leeville Pike and the Church of God and Ministry Center on Hartsville Pike and also in some residential burglaries that occurred in the past month in east end of Lebanon.

A search warrant was executed on Sunday at a residence at 402 Mini Drive, Lebanon, where authorities discovered electronic items including some computers allegedly stolen from the schools and some weapons reported stolen from residences.Those charged are:

• Hunter Austin Barbour, 18, of Goodlettsville, charged with one count of burglary and one count of tampering with, or fabricating, evidence• Monterio Davis Bell, 18, of 1242 Mimosa Court, Lebanon, and driver of the vehicle that was stopped early Sunday morning, charged with one count of burglary and one count of theft of property• Quincy Isaiah Blair, 20, of 109 Rocky Road, Lebanon, charged with one count of burglary• LeDavius Armen Brooks, 18, of 402 Mini Drive, Lebanon, charged with one count of aggravated burglary (residential) and one count of burglary• Rico Devon Smith, 19, of 1211 Mimosa Court, Lebanon, charged with one count burglary, one count assault and one count resisting arrest

The chief said Smith allegedly “fought with officer” who placed him under arrest. Two male juveniles are also facing charges in connection with the case, Bowen said, adding other adults may also be charged.

The break-in at College Hills Church of Christ, located on Leeville Pike, was reported to police on Saturday. Items reported stolen from College Hills and the Church of God and Ministry Center on Hartsville Pike included cash and electronic items, mostly what the suspects had been looking for in previous burglaries.

Bowen said he could not say enough about all the officers involved in the investigation, both in the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department. “They worked around the clock on this thing.”

In an unrelated case, Bowen said a man suspected in two vehicle burglaries that occurred at The Mill at Lebanon on South Maple Street on Friday was arrested. Thomas Cody Worley, 26, of Cainsville Road, Lebanon, was charged with two counts of burglary from a vehicle and one count of simple possession. Bowen said Worley reportedly had some pills in his possession at the time of his arrest.

The vehicle burglaries occurred around noon on Friday, Dec. 10, at The Mill. Police located the suspect and were able to recover the items taken.

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