|Home burglary suspect arrested Monday|
|Tuesday, August 21, 2012|
By PATRICK HALL
A Lebanon man was arrested Monday afternoon after a homeowner reported a break-in at her home in the Waters Hill subdivision, leading authorities to a home across the street where the suspect was found.
Travis Montgomery, 32, of 521 West Sunset Drive in Lebanon, was arrested and charged with three counts of criminal attempted burglary and evading arrest.
Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said at approximately 1:30 p.m., the department received a call from a homeowner in Waters Hill reporting a break-in and the caller gave officers a description of the suspect’s vehicle.
Bowen said when officers responded they reportedly found the vehicle parked in the driveway at 2005 Lebanon Road, across the street from the subdivision. As officers approached the home, Bowen said a white male ran from the vehicle and went into the home.
When the suspect reportedly refused to come outside, officers and detectives entered the home and identified the white male as Montgomery and also discovered a Nashville man inside. Allen Owens, 26, had a warrant for his arrest in Davidson County for violation of probation.
“They refused to come out of the home, and the man from Nashville was actually hiding in a cabinet,” Bowen said.
Bowen said numerous items of stolen property were found, including power tools and toolboxes. He said that property helped link Montgomery to several other burglaries around the city.
“We have three home burglaries we’ve been able to link him to through the property recovered,” the chief said. “He will definitely face additional charges.”
Bowen pointed out the home where Montgomery and Owens were discovered is a Section 8 home, and said the LPD contacted the landlord and is expecting the homeowner to “do their part.”
He explained a homeowner may evict a tenant from Section 8 housing and said the individuals living at the home were harboring the men who were arrested.
“Both of them had been staying there for some time, off and on,” Bowen said. “It’s just like public housing restrictions, you can be evicted but it is on the homeowner.”
Bowen also said they have evidence that some local residents and businesses have purchased stolen items from Montgomery and said they are still investigating the other burglaries and those transactions.
“We are in the process of getting the property back to its rightful owners,” he added.
Owens also faces a felony charge of violation probation and evading arrest. Montgomery is in custody at the Wilson County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 4.