Theft suspects damage MJ home with truck

From Post staff reports

Theft suspects damage MJ home with truck | Mt. Juliet, Fire Department, police, theft

Police in Mt. Juliet are searching for two persons believed to have been attempting a burglary at a home under construction on Wednesday, became startled and then fled in a truck that ran into a house located off Nonaville Road.

The suspects, two white men, were believed to have been committing the theft near the home that was struck by the vehicle, located in the 1000 block of Carriage Trail about 12:30 p.m.

Police said the two suspects were “spooked” by a nearby homeowner and fled the scene in their truck in reverse, lost control and caused a trail of damage. The truck struck two mailboxes and a fire hydrant, destroying all of them, and also struck a home where the homeowner was inside at the time. The homeowner was not injured.

The truck was described as a late 2000 model light gold GMC or Chevy 1500 truck with significant damage to the rear. The truck was either four-door or extended cab.

The suspects were described as between the ages of 30 to 40. One of them was said to be around 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing a light-colored T-shirt and blue jeans. The other suspect was described as being short and stocky; however, no clothing description was available.

As the home that was struck by the vehicle was damaged, the Fire Department of Mt. Juliet (FDMJ) and building inspectors responded to the scene to check its structural integrity, and they declared the home unsafe.

So that the homeowner was not forced to move out, the FDMJ worked to repair the home to make it safe. Lumber and supplies were brought to the scene by Mt. Juliet’s volunteer firefighters so the work could be completed.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 754-2550. Information may also be given anonymously by calling 754-TIPS (8477) or via the MJPD website at